By Ellie Duncombe
This is the amazing moment a female cheetah manages to fend off and escape a group of four big cats who ganged up on her as they were jealous she was trespassing.
Watched by Ria Van Greunen while travelling through the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa on June 27, a spotted cat, known locally as Corrine, stalks a springbok nearby.
She does not go unnoticed though, as a group of four rival cheetahs seemingly get annoyed at her presence on their turf and they sprint over to surround here.
On four separate occasions in a 20-minute spell, the gang rain down blow after blow on Corrine’s head, with the solitary female unable to defend herself from being outnumbered.
After sporadically fending them off from her on her back, the gang finally leave Corinne alone, who hours after manages to climb to the safety of a tree with noticeable wounds on her body.
Ria said: “It was like watching a gangster movie, Corrine being outnumbered four to one.
“Nicknamed the 4 Musketeers, we could see they were big cheetahs.
“Clearly, they were not very happy knowing that Corrine was on their turf.
“As soon as they started to walk towards her, there were tears in my eyes.
“When they first began to fight, she had made no effort to move and they attacked her four times with intervals of two to four minutes.
“She fought only with her upper body so we thought they might have broken her lower back.
“One could see she had an open wound on her right foreleg and her mouth was also full of blood and she also had some ugly bite marks on her back.
“They eventually left her alone.
“A couple of days after the attack, I was told that Corrine had been sighted and she was doing well.”