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After measuring the body temperature of cats while running, it was concluded that it stays relatively stable until the cat stops. However, body temp increases 2x when it makes the kill compared to when it gives up. An unexpected finding showed that body temp increased before eating even if the cheetah wasn’t the one that did the hunting. While researchers don’t have an answer as to why only 40-50% of hunts are successful (a fairly low success rate), overheating is not the answer. -IFLS

After measuring the body temperature of cats while running, it was concluded that it stays relatively stable until the cat stops. However, body temp increases 2x when it makes the kill compared to when it gives up. An unexpected finding showed that body temp increased before eating even if the cheetah wasn’t the one that did the hunting. While researchers don’t have an answer as to why only 40-50% of hunts are successful (a fairly low success rate), overheating is not the answer. -IFLS

A male lion stands with a Thompson gazelle in his mouth as he ponders his next move. We had watched a cheetah hunt the gazelle, only to have it stolen immediately after catching it. The male lion that stole the kill had to play keep away from his female companion. What made this moment even more interesting was the introduction of a third cat species; a leopard. A female leopard was watching the entire drama take place, and this photo was the moment when the lion saw the leopard and froze…

A male lion stands with a Thompson gazelle in his mouth as he ponders his next move. We had watched a cheetah hunt the gazelle, only to have it stolen immediately after catching it. The male lion that stole the kill had to play keep away from his female companion. What made this moment even more interesting was the introduction of a third cat species; a leopard. A female leopard was watching the entire drama take place, and this photo was the moment when the lion saw the leopard and froze…

Kruger National Park - Came across this mother cheetah and two juvuniles who had just made a kill.  The all had to keep watching as the vultures moved in closer.  Eventually after much defending of the kill the youngsters moved off and left the mother who had to eventually give it up. An amazing sight indeed.

Kruger National Park - Came across this mother cheetah and two juvuniles who had just made a kill. The all had to keep watching as the vultures moved in closer. Eventually after much defending of the kill the youngsters moved off and left the mother who had to eventually give it up. An amazing sight indeed.

Kruger National Park - Came across this mother cheetah and two juvuniles who had just made a kill.  The all had to keep watching as the vultures moved in closer.  Eventually after much defending of the kill the youngsters moved off and left the mother who had to eventually give it up. An amazing sight indeed.

Kruger National Park - Came across this mother cheetah and two juvuniles who had just made a kill. The all had to keep watching as the vultures moved in closer. Eventually after much defending of the kill the youngsters moved off and left the mother who had to eventually give it up. An amazing sight indeed.

A mother lion will spend the entire evening, and well into dusk, hunting a wide variety of prey. This can include buffalo, wildebeest, warthogs, wild boar, and several other native animals found in Africa. More than half of a lion’s diet will take place in the Serengeti plains and could consist of scavenged foods from the kills of cheetahs and leopards.

A mother lion will spend the entire evening, and well into dusk, hunting a wide variety of prey. This can include buffalo, wildebeest, warthogs, wild boar, and several other native animals found in Africa. More than half of a lion’s diet will take place in the Serengeti plains and could consist of scavenged foods from the kills of cheetahs and leopards.

The Beauty of the Kill Photo by Joyce G. Pernin — National Geographic Your Shot

The Beauty of the Kill Photo by Joyce G. Pernin — National Geographic Your Shot

'Cheetah´s Cup / Gerparden Junges' by martin buschmann on artflakes.com as poster or art print $19.41

'Cheetah´s Cup / Gerparden Junges' by martin buschmann on artflakes.com as poster or art print $19.41

young cheetahs learning to hunt thomson’s gazelles and springbok in masai mara. for the particularly young cubs, a mother cheetah will often chase down a fawn and only slightly injure it so that her cubs are able to chase it down (thought they often don’t know how to finish the kill).

young cheetahs learning to hunt thomson’s gazelles and springbok in masai mara. for the particularly young cubs, a mother cheetah will often chase down a fawn and only slightly injure it so that her cubs are able to chase it down (thought they often don’t know how to finish the kill).

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