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The pat on the head. And the tumble

The Tano Bora (or the Fast Five) is a coalition of 5 Cheetahs in Maasai Mara. And they are a formidable force in the savannah with their supreme coordination and speed. After a half-hearted attempt at hunting a Wildebeest, they took this one on with full gusto and brought it down. This was the moment where one of the Cheetahs tapped the Wildebeest on its head to topple it off its balance. The manoeuvre worked and, very soon, lunch was served for the Tano Bora.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Kenya
Camera: NIKON D500
Copyright: © Shreeram M V