Risky Crossing: Unbelievable Moment 5 Cheetahs Brave a Flooded River Teeming with Crocodiles, Captured by Fearless Photographers

A group of people were exploring the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Suddenly, they spotted a cheetah family gathering on the edge of a river. The river was flooded, its current was strong, but the animals didn’t care. They had just one goal in mind — crossing it — and they decided to go for it.

Image credits: Media Drum Images / Buddhilini De Soyza

Image credits: Media Drum Images / Buddhilini De Soyza

Photographer Arnfinn Johansen said he had been following the five cheetahs for a long time. “They hunt on both sides of the Talek River, [so it’s no wonder] they wanted to cross it.

Image credits: Arnfinn Johansen

Normally, they would cross the river by walking on stones but this year, it had been raining for a long time and because of the flooding, it was very difficult for them to do so,” Johansen explained to Bored Panda.

Image credits: Media Drum Images / Buddhilini De Soyza

“They were walking up and down the river for quite a while, searching for a place to get to the other side. Because of the strong current, it was really dangerous. Also, that river is home to the Nile Crocodile for whom a cheetah can be an easy meal.”

Image credits: Arnfinn Johansen

Johansen said that casualties were definitely possible that day. “Not long ago, another well-known cheetah drowned or got killed by the crocs when it was crossing the same river so it really was a big risk. After surveying the area for a long time, the five cheetah brothers went for it.

Image credits: Arnfinn Johansen

“First, the leader cheetah jumped into the river, and two more soon followed. The two smallest cheetahs in the group waited for a few seconds before they followed as well.”

Image credits: Arnfinn Johansen

Image credits: Arnfinn Johansen

Image credits: Arnfinn Johansen

Johansen said the pack were swimming as fast as they could. “You really could see they didn’t like it.” Luckily, all of the cheetahs managed to get to the other side alive, and when the leader cheetah shook his fur and his tail, he even hissed at the river.

Image credits: Arnfinn Johansen

Image credits: Media Drum Images / Buddhilini De Soyza

Image credits: Media Drum Images / Buddhilini De Soyza

Image credits: Media Drum Images / Buddhilini De Soyza

Image credits: Media Drum Images / Buddhilini De Soyza

Image credits: Arnfinn Johansen

Image credits: Arnfinn Johansen

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