- Cheetahs eat everything from gamebirds and rabbits to large ungulates.
- Antelope have developed several strategies to evade predators, including speed, hiding, and grazing in large numbers.
- In the video below, a cheetah and an antelope are both running at full speed in an incredible display of wild animal prowess.
Prey animals don’t have a lot of defenses to work with. Sometimes, the best they can do is run and hope they make it out alive. In the video at the bottom of the page, an antelope makes a run for it. But hot in the pursuit are a couple of speedy cheetahs.
How Do Cheetahs Hunt Their Prey?
Typically, cats in the wild are nocturnal predators but not cheetahs. These cats are early risers, preferring to hunt in the morning. They also spend their time hunting in the afternoon when the sun is still out. They need light to hunt because they rely on their eyesight to help them find their prey. They stand atop rocky hills and scan the landscape to see what’s available. Once they see something they want, they get closer before mobbing into a full sprint.
What Survival Tactics Do Antelopes Use to Evade Predators?
Antelopes engage two primary strategies when it comes to evading predators. The first is simple. They hide. If they can’t be seen, they can’t be hunted. The other method they use to evade predators is cover. They travel together in herds and use their strength in numbers to protect one another. If a predator gets close, they have no other choice but to flee. Considering they can run up to 60 miles per hour, this is a great choice if they’re trying to get away. These animals are built to run.
Cheetah vs. Antelope
In Kenya, there is the Maisa Mara National Reserve. Here lives a famous five-cheetah coalition known as Tano Bora. The video below highlights their prowess. When it starts, a cheetah is already in full sprint. The person holding the camera steadies it to capture the fast action. He’s zoomed in as well, which gives you a great look as the scene unfolds. The cheetah has spotted an antelope. Although the antelope is running for its life, the speed of the cheetah is incredible.
The cheetah lunges, and for a split second, it looks like it’s all over for the antelope. But it quickly turns to its left, throwing the cheetah off its tail for a moment. The cheetah approaches again and makes another attempt to take it down, but the antelope kicks back mid-run and continues forth. The antelope is impressively getting away. Just then, two more cheetahs show up. Then a fourth runs through like a missile toward the antelope. They continue the chase a little longer before slowing down, apparently letting that antelope live another day.
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