Four four month old Cheetah cubs are now roaming on Thanda Safari with their mom!
They were born in a boma (a large hold pen) where there mother had been put for medical reasons.
This is the second time she gave birth and looked after her cubs for the first four months of their life in a boma. The first time she brought up her three cubs successfully until they reached adulthood in the wild. She taught them all the skills to hunt and survive by themselves.
Thanda Safari’s Wildlife team will be observing this Cheetah family and all of us at Thanda hope that the four new cubs will do as well as their older siblings.
Yesterday I was able to participate and photo-document a very special operation. A specialist surgeon operated on one of our male Cheetah to ‘re-build’ a torn ligament in the cat’s left leg.
During the procedure I was sitting in a good photo position behind the large carnivore and I was assigned an additional job. Every few minutes I had to tickle inside the Cheetah’s ear to see if there was any reaction like twitching or growling. That way the vet could judge if more drugs were needed to keep the cat asleep. A very special task not part of my usual job description!