Predator Turned Prey: Crocodiles Chase Off Cheetahs From Fresh Kill, Foiling Meal Plans in Intense Wildlife Scene

Two crocodiles chase 3 cheetahs off a waterbuck that they caught only minutes ago. The cheetahs run off before they are able to finish their meal.

Bob and Rosa Swart, retired nature enthusiasts, recently had this once-in-a-lifetime experience in Kruger National Park and shared

“We were out on our daily drive when we spotted three cheetahs in the dry Shingwedzi river bed outside the camp gate. Despite the intense heat, the cheetahs were alert and focused on something in the riverbed. We waited for over an hour until a group of waterbucks approached, including some youngsters.”

Cheetahs are known for their speed and agility, making them successful hunters. They can run up to 75 miles per hour in short bursts, allowing them to catch prey quickly. They rely on their eyesight to spot prey from a distance and use their speed to ambush them.

“The crocodiles eventually intimated the cheetahs, and they sprinted off away from their kill. A total of 12 crocodiles appeared and went for the waterbuck kill. However, in the end, only the largest crocodile remained at the carcass, surrounded by vultures and other scavenging birds.”

The Swarts advise fellow nature enthusiasts to drive slowly in the park. With the right attitude and a little bit of luck, anyone can have a memorable experience in Kruger National Park.


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