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    Default Three cheetahs spare tiny antelope's life and play with him instead

    Hello little antelope, would you like to play with us?
    Coming from three deadly cheetahs, it's the kind of invitation that's best refused - but amazingly, this impala escaped unscathed from its encounter.
    Luckily for the youngster, it seems these three male cheetahs simply weren't hungry.

    No claws for alarm: Astonishingly, these cheetahs, whose instinct is to hunt for food, decide to play with this baby impala

    That's because unlike other big cats, the cheetah hunts in the daytime, either in the early morning or late afternoon. The bursts of speed needed to catch their prey tire them out - meaning they need to rest after a kill.
    And that seems to be the secret to the antelope's survival, as it's likely it fell into the cheetahs' clutches when they were already full - and tired out - from an earlier hunt.
    Photographer Michel Denis-Huot, who captured these amazing pictures on safari in Kenya's Masai Mara in October last year, said he was astounded by what he saw.
    'These three brothers have been living together since they left their mother at about 18 months old,' he said. 'On the morning we saw them, they seemed not to be hungry, walking quickly but stopping sometimes to play together.

    Sticking your neck out: Oblivious to the danger, the impala appears to return the affection to the cheetahs
    New found friends: The new-found friends part with a farewell lick

    'At one point, they met a group of impala who ran away. But one youngster was not quick enough and the brothers caught it easily.'
    These extraordinary scenes followed, as the cheetahs played with the young impala the way a domestic cat might play with a ball of string.


    Sprint finish: Impala is off the menu as the youngster makes its exit

    'They knocked it down, but then they lost interest,' said Michel. 'For more than 15 minutes, they remained with the young antelope without doing anything other than licking it or putting their paws on the impala's head.'
    Even more extraordinarily, this story has a happy ending - after one tense moment when it looked as though one cheetah would bite the impala on the neck, the youngster ran away.
    Let's hope it didn't tell all its friends how nice those big, scarylooking cheetahs really are when you get to know them.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1246886/Pictured-Three-cheetahs-spare-tiny-antelopes-life--play-instead.html#ixzz0e3NeTVQ0

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    Amazing. Those Cheetahs are gorgeous.

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    Its amazing they chose to get along, I wonder what goes through their minds.

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    Once again, Mother Nature surprises.

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    But the Daily Mail doesn't.

    The pics are out of order and they didn't include what happened next. Yes, they play with their food just like house cats.

    "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."

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    Oh hell!

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    Well it did say this

    after one tense moment when it looked as though one cheetah would bite the impala on the neck, the youngster ran away.
    "LOOKED AS THOUGH" ???? Kind of an understatement.
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    He didn't look at all hurt rushing away! Those picture are just so cute!
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    I bet it didn't rush away at all. I bet it was afternoon snack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    But the Daily Mail doesn't.

    The pics are out of order and they didn't include what happened next. Yes, they play with their food just like house cats.

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    Talk about playing with your food...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lobelia View Post
    Bless you my child. Go in peace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    He didn't look at all hurt rushing away! Those picture are just so cute!
    I know, they are so cute

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