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|We found this cub under a bush. Her mum had just a gazelle.|
Swahili Name: Duma
Scientific Name: Acinonyx jubatus
Size: 30 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 110 to 140 pounds
Lifespan: 10 to 20 years
Habitat: Open plains
Diet: Smaller antelopes
Gestation: 90 to 95 days
Predators: Changing habitat, eagles, humans, hyenas, lions
With a life span of 10 to 12 years, the cheetah is basically a solitary animal. At times a male will accompany a female for a short while after mating, but most often the female is alone or with her cubs. Two to four cubs are born in a secluded place. Their eyes do not open for a week or two, and they are helpless at first. When the mother is hunting, she leaves them hidden, but by 6 weeks of age they are able to follow her. They are suckled for 2 to 3 months but begin to eat meat as early as 3 weeks.
By 4 months the cheetah cub is a tawny yellow and almost completely spotted; the tail has bands of black and by adulthood a white tip. The grayish mantle disappears more slowly; the last traces are still visible when the cubs are adult-sized at 15 months.
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- [2006-02-12 23:03]
What a beauty this young one is!
You caught him with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar.
Sharp details and great POV. What a great moment you have captured. TFS. : )
I love this picture, good composition and an unusual moment for this site.
Nice colours and light, maybe a little bit blurred.