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Pictured: Three cheetahs spare tiny antelope's life... and play with him instead

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:16 AM on 29th January 2010

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Hello little antelope, would you like to play with us?

Coming from three deadly cheetahs, it's the kind of invitation that's best refused - but amazingly, this impala escaped unscathed from its encounter.

Luckily for the youngster, it seems these three male cheetahs simply weren't hungry.



No claws for alarm: Astonishingly, these cheetahs, whose instinct is to hunt for food, decide to play with this baby impala

That's because unlike other big cats, the cheetah hunts in the daytime, either in the early morning or late afternoon. The bursts of speed needed to catch their prey tire them out - meaning they need to rest after a kill.

And that seems to be the secret to the antelope's survival, as it's likely it fell into the cheetahs' clutches when they were already full - and tired out - from an earlier hunt.

Photographer Michel Denis-Huot, who captured these amazing pictures on safari in Kenya's Masai Mara in October last year, said he was astounded by what he saw.

'These three brothers have been living together since they left their mother at about 18 months old,' he said. 'On the morning we saw them, they seemed not to be hungry, walking quickly but stopping sometimes to play together.



Sticking your neck out: Oblivious to the danger, the impala appears to return the affection to the cheetahs



New found friends: The new-found friends part with a farewell lick

'At one point, they met a group of impala who ran away. But one youngster was not quick enough and the brothers caught it easily.'

These extraordinary scenes followed, as the cheetahs played with the young impala the way a domestic cat might play with a ball of string.



Sprint finish: Impala is off the menu as the youngster makes its exit

'They knocked it down, but then they lost interest,' said Michel. 'For more than 15 minutes, they remained with the young antelope without doing anything other than licking it or putting their paws on the impala's head.'

Even more extraordinarily, this story has a happy ending - after one tense moment when it looked as though one cheetah would bite the impala on the neck, the youngster ran away.

Let's hope it didn't tell all its friends how nice those big, scarylooking cheetahs really are when you get to know them.

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Three cheetahs spare tiny antelope's life... and play with him instead
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2010, 10:28:59 AM »
It was all made up I'm afraid, they did eat it in the end. A Norwegian newspaper checked with the photographer and he confirmed it had been eaten in the end. That's nature.

Article in Norwegian:

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The brutal reality
 It is now that you can live with a lie, you should stop reading. For though it really is amazing scenes that played out in the meeting between the three young Gepardene and the little impalaen, so has the Daily Mail dressed a little story.  Especially the ending, where the flirtatious and exuberant calf turns back to his flock.

- It is not true, "said Yann Metrich from the French picture agency Bios Photo.

 There are those who manage the images to the photographer, the couple Denis-Huot, and specializes in nature photography.  And both the photographer and the agency administers Metrich reveals the ruthless truth:

The instincts won
 - What does not?

- How the Daily Mail is the last picture from, well, we do not.  The small impalaen was eaten, determines Metrich.

 - But what about the happy end Daily Mail describes?

 - It is the discovery of self.  Impalaen was of course killed and eaten in the end, "said Metrich and shows the last four pictures from the meeting between Gepardene and the little calf.

And it is the mother nature as we know it.  Free for Disney happy endings and predators that defy the instincts to show mercy.

 It is deadly serious on the savanna in Masai Mara.  And the little impalaen was simply not fast NOK.  But in a few minutes there was a certain magic between hunter and game.  It is the images we have chosen to display here.

I used Google translate, so it's a bit weird.
http://www.dagbladet.no/2010/01/30/magasinet/dyrenes_nyheter/dyr/naturvitenskap/10165106/
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Three cheetahs spare tiny antelope's life... and play with him instead
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2010, 12:34:18 PM »
Daily mail economical with the truth.  who'd have thought it? ;)

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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2010, 10:26:28 AM »
Quote from: kevtic;37601
Daily mail economical with the truth.  who'd have thought it? ;)


How dare you they do there best lol :) (well sort of)
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2010, 01:05:27 PM »
Amazing story.. I love nature and have seen similar stories on Animal Planet or N.G.

 

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