Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus
These two brothers are seen taking a “freshening up” break after an unsuccessful hunt of an Impala ram. This behaviour can also be construed as mutual commiseration after the failure and the prospect of sleeping hungry that night.
The cheetah is a large feline (family Felidae, subfamily Felinae) inhabiting most of Africa and parts of Iran. It is the only extant member of the genus Acinonyx. The cheetah can run faster than any other land animal— as fast as 112 to 120 km/h (70 to 75 mph) in short bursts covering distances up to 500 m (1,600 ft), and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in three seconds.
The cheetah is a unique felid, with its closest living relatives being the puma and jaguarundi of the Americas. This cat is notable for modifications in the species’ paws, being one of the few felids with only semi-retractable claws. [Ref: Wikipedia]
This image was captured in the Masai Mara conservancy, south west Kenya, East Africa.
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