How do cheetahs hunt and eat?
When a cheetah is chasing its prey, the cheetah trips the animal so that it falls down.
Then the cheetah will bite the animal on the throat to stop it from breathing.
Cheetahs eat as quickly as possible before stronger animals, such as lions, hyenas, or even vultures, snatch the dead animal from them. They eat the meat only, and not the bones, because their teeth are not strong enough.
Even though cheetahs are fast, they are not strong enough to protect themselves from large predators, such as lions. If hyenas try to take away their food, cheetahs just let them have it because they aren’t strong enough to fight.
Cheetahs always hunt alone, but if there is a group of cheetahs, they will attack large predators, especially to protect their babies.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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