Cheetah in flight 0-60 mph in 3 seconds
Category: Spontaneous Moments
Photo and caption by Natalie Amos
We found this beautiful female cheetah in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy bordering Kenya's Masai Mara. She had two cubs and despite their playful games and mock charges, all three were clearly hungry and fatigued. After a short while, the mother decided enough was enough and leapt into action in pursuit of a young Thomson Gazelle. She went from rolling in the savannah with her cubs, to a 60+ mph (96kilometre) sprint in less than 3 seconds. I captured the scene with a slow-pan. Only seconds later when it was over, did I realise I had been holding my breath.
Location: Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Masai Mara, Kenya
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