Animals Video

By Joe McFarlane

Five hungry cheetahs ganged up and took down a frantic and scared wildebeest.

The pack hit top gear to hunt their next meal, while retired biology professor and wildlife filmmaker, Judy Lehmberg, 66, captured it in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.

With their eyes on the prize, the sprightly group came out of nowhere to take down their unsuspecting meal, with each attacking a different body part.

Though the wildebeest fought hard, with all five clinging from its weakened body, the prey slowly succumbed to death.

Judy said: “Watching that wildebeest die was heart wrenching.

“Due to their size, it is impossible for a single cheetah to bring down an adult wildebeest. 

“Two pairs of brothers and a fifth cheetah had formed a coalition to hunt together, thus increasing their chances of success. 

“They attacked during migration, so the wildebeest were plentiful.

“One of the cheetahs picked out a wildebeest and chased it down while the other four followed closely behind. 

“The most experienced cheetah knew to go for the neck while the others bit at various parts of the wildebeest and slowed it down. 

“It took the Cheetahs 14 minutes to kill it and it suffered a lot. 

“I could finally breathe again once I realised the wildebeest was dead and the cheetahs would have their dinner.

“I felt very privileged to see the cheetahs successfully chase and catch a wildebeest.”