When mother gemsbok comes to the rescue

Cheetahs are exceptional hunters and can outrun their prey thanks to outstanding speed and power! Against most species, the cheetah’s pace and agility is usually enough to make a kill.

In this video nevertheless, you will soon find out that the gemsbok’s arguments may not necessarily include speed, but it sure can dissuade the majority of predators out there.

Enjoy! 😉

Broadcaster: NationalGeographic

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3 Responses to When mother gemsbok comes to the rescue

  1. Cheryl Flynn December 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm #

    Hello Michael

    Bravo Gemsbok!! Love a happy ending 😉
    Feel sorry for the mother Cheetah, not seeing their young ever again.
    Is it true that although they have great speed it does not last very long?

    Great Video – Thank you 🙂

    • africafreak December 18, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed it Cheryl, it sure is a fab footage! 🙂

      You are most definitely correct, the cheetah can reach speeds of up to 113 kph (70 mph), but it can only do so for a couple hundred meters. If it were to do it for longer, the animal would die due to overheating.

      Its muscles begin to tire as well, and produce lactic acid from exhaustion.

      Here's another video if you wish to learn more about these fascinating creatures:

      Enjoy your weekend! 😉

      • Cheryl Flynn December 20, 2009 at 6:30 am #

        Really interesting – Thanks for posting that 🙂

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