Serengeti, Tanzania, November 2013 –
As our intrepid group of photographers rounded a bend on the dirt road, we happened upon a cheetah slowly walking through the tall grass. His head was high, as he strained to see beyond the golden grass obscuring his face. Soon, another cheetah appeared out of the grass, then a third. Our group’s excitement increased and all of us brought our cameras up to the ready position to take photos, as we fully expected the coalition of three cheetahs to run off into the vast grasslands. Fortunately, the cheetah brothers decided to hang around for a while and pose for us.
The first cheetah ducked behind a termite mound to rest in the shade, but the other two laid down with their back to each other and lazed in a relaxed pose. They took turns looking right, then left. At one point, the brother on the right stuck out his arm and put his head on his sibling’s back. The two projected supreme confidence as they scanned for signs of prey in the morning light.
Finally, the sun was too much for the second brother and he dropped down below the termite mound to enjoy his time in the shade. For the last cheetah, the reclining position was just too comfortable to leave, so he hung out for a while longer, enjoying the sun and lounging like a boss.