Cheetah with attitude

Ted Widen

Stewart, Canada

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By the look on its face, you might think this cheetah didn’t like me, and you’d probably be right. And you are probably thinking, “This is the same cheetah that Ted beat in the race! No wonder it has such an attitude!” But no, this isn’t the same one :) Truth is I was being a bad photographer, getting into this young cheetah’s space. She was lying with a couple of friends trying to catch a morning nap, and she didn’t like me approaching with my camera. She hissed at me like a house cat, which is what gives the dramatic bared teeth and curled lips in the photo… sorry I couldn’t capture the sound for you :) Reading this as kitty body language meaning something like, “Please go away,” I decided I was close enough to take a picture, then I backed away. I have no explanation for the hair standing up on my arms and neck :)

The cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus, is the sole member of its genus – all other species have become extinct. Taken at the De Wildt Cheetah Reserve near Hartebeestpoort in South Africa, where a programme has been undertaken to protect these endangered animals which are facing the threat of extinction.

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African Art and Photography (2 Features)
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