Close Call

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I took a pic­ture of a chee­tah at Mkhuze Game Re­serve pos­ing as a ‘se­cu­rity guard’, as we were parked at one of our man­age­ment gates. We were wait­ing for col­leagues dur­ing a game-cap­ture op­er­a­tion, but I must con­fess we were ac­tu­ally about to take a lit­tle bath­room break in the bush when we no­ticed the lit­tle, spot­ted face pop up from the grass. Oops, close call.

(The grass is also long and thick at present, thanks to fan­tas­tic re­cent rains.)

This young male is one of sev­eral chee­tahs in this sec­tion of the iSi­man­gal­iso Wet­land Park, and due to their en­dan­gered sta­tus we place track­ing col­lars on them to en­able ac­tive mon­i­tor­ing, which is done ev­ery day by Wildlife ACT. Pos­ing at the right time in the right spot gives him the air of au­thor­ity ev­ery chee­tah should have.

Thanks for shar­ing iSi­man­gal­iso’s photo on Twit­ter @SACLMAG. (edited)

Deb­bie Cooper

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