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Cheetahs: A Mother’s Day

May 6, 2016

Cheetahs: A Mother’s Day

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Emma Balunek Emma Balunek

The morning light was beautiful on the cheetahs’ spotted fur. It was perfect for photographing a mother’s day with her cubs at Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.

While visiting the reserve, we came upon this family of cheetahs. I captured this moment that shows the special bond between the mother and her little one as it gently bites her ear.

According to National Geographic, female cheetahs typically have three cubs. The young cheetahs stay with their mother for the first one and a half to two years learning behaviors like hunting techniques through playful games.

To read more about my experience of photographing cheetahs, read A Mother’s Touch.

Nikon D7200, 80-400mm Lens

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May 14, 2016 at 11:18 pm


Steve Elliott
December 1, 2017 at 3:05 pm

The Cheetah my favorite big cat …….

November 7, 2020 at 9:55 am

Beautiful loving shot❣️