Anyway, we saw the cheetah and her bigish cubs walking and they stopped under a bush. She was staring at some impala close by. After about 15 minutes, she began to stalk them. She did that typical cheetah stalk and stopped in the shade about 15 meters away. She just sat there glaring. The impala picked up her scent. They looked at her for a while and then crossed the road. She looked after them sadly and walked off into the bush accompanied by her cubs.
This holiday we saw a dead animal nearly every day.
On our drive, the guide was so tired he drove over a snake and we watched it die in a pool of it's own blood. It was the most disturbing thing I have ever seen in my entire life. The lady behind me and I shed a tear for the defenceless spitting cobra.
We found an interesting cat. We were deciding where to go at a junction and saw cars to our left, so we turned down, and as we did, we saw vultures taking off. We were close and my mom said she saw spotted cats skin. We all began to wonder if there was a kill. My sister said it was a serval. The shock and amazement resulted in me not believing it at all. As I slid over to her side I saw a dead cat just 2 meters into the bush. She was right though, it was a serval. We all sat there, mourning the poor little animal. We didn't want to stay long, it was pretty gruesome.
And now for something nice, not dead or dying. We were on our bushbraai and we had seen buffalo, a fish eagle and other game. About 20 minutes into the drive, the guide got a call that he had forgotten people behind. We turned back to fetch them. We were off again, and now it was getting dark. We passed the place where we saw the fish eagle and my dad shouted "STOP!" Not very loud, but hey...I shot to that side of the truck just in time to see a beautiful wild cat framed by the mopani shrubs. She was giving herself a bath. She looked up and decided she didn't like us. She followed the francolin call into the night.
We saw another wild cat breifly on our Satara night drive.
So, cats seen this trip:
Uncountable, but we saw two full, massive males.
With her 4 cubs
And the leopard
has eluded me AGAIN!
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