Cheetahs need a long time to prepare before they hunt. They move around for a while, until at some point, they start to watch and hunt. We follow this cheetah for several hours. From late afternoon until it starts getting dark. The animal has already covered several kilometres when this shot was taken. The tears of the cheetah are part of the legend of the African Zulu tribe. According to the tale, a cheetah mother wept all night and all day, after her three cubs were stolen by a hunter. This long period of weeping left traces on her face and marked the animal for eternity. Cheetahs bear these tears on their face to this day, as a warning to all hunters.
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Tears of the cheetah
Cheetah before the hunt in Kwara, Botswana. (Limited Edition)
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