Animals

By Laura Dale


These adorable photos capture a cheeky cheetah cub as it playfully tries to get his mum’s attention.

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The mother cheetah allows her little cub to run around and play with her, whilst she carries on minding her own business.

Shem Compion, 41, took the photos whilst on a safari tour in the Masai Mara, Kenya.

Shem, from Pretoria, South Africa said: “It was heart warming to be able to capture these images of such a playful and tender moment between mother and cub.

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“Play is very important in a predators formative years, as play is a foundation for their hunting skills.

“These images capture a moment which showed so many aspects of a predators life – learning, nurturing and care all in one moment.

“The mother cheetah, Malaika, is well know around Masai Mara, and I have known of her for about four years.

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“She likes the open plains around the area, so I have managed to spend a lot of time photographing her.

“Amongst cheetahs, she is one of the more loving cheetahs that I’ve observed, and the name Malaika actually translates to ‘angel’ in Swahali.

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“She has grown quite a legacy in Mara for the well looked after young cubs that she has successfully raised.