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Three cheetahs spare tiny antelope's life... and play with him instead
dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | 29th January 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 01/31/2010 3:13:18 PM PST by bluecollarman

Hello little antelope, would you like to play with us? Coming from three deadly cheetahs, it's the kind of invitation that's best refused - but amazingly, this impala escaped unscathed from its encounter. Luckily for the youngster, it seems these three male cheetahs simply weren't hungry.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cheetah; impossible; liberals; wildlife
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Liberals might believe this....I don't. Some comments say there are pictures of the the antelope being eaten which were not published.
1 posted on 01/31/2010 3:13:19 PM PST by bluecollarman
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To: bluecollarman

Sure, they played with it before they ate it - like the cheetah mom said “How many times have I told you to play with your food before you eat it?”


2 posted on 01/31/2010 3:14:45 PM PST by SkyDancer (But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father)
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To: bluecollarman

It is a natural phenomenon.

Adult predators *practice* on immature prey - when they are too small for a good meal.

Dogs play with kittens, baby squirrels etc.,

It hones their instincts and confuses the prey - who are less suspicious as adults.

Sheeeeeeeeeeeeesh - didn’t any of youse guys live in the country?


3 posted on 01/31/2010 3:18:02 PM PST by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: bluecollarman

They must have eaten papa impala a half hour before...


4 posted on 01/31/2010 3:18:51 PM PST by JohnLongIsland
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To: SkyDancer

Yep, that’s what I think. You should read the comments though. Like this one.

“I’m with Patricia so I’m glad it’s already been said... why must you all hate so hard on something that is so sweet and so CUTE?! How on Earth are you supposed to know from looking at 4 photos that this is some elaborate scam of an article? I think these photos are wonderful and it makes me happy to think there sometimes IS a happy ending!”


5 posted on 01/31/2010 3:19:12 PM PST by bluecollarman (Obama's amazing! One beer summit and he wins a Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: bluecollarman

It happens on occassion, but it sure isn’t common. It’s like the polar bear who was coming and playing with the sled dogs last year. Very cool to observe, very stupid to expect.


6 posted on 01/31/2010 3:19:57 PM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: bluecollarman

Well, that would have just ruined the whole story now, wouldn’t it?


7 posted on 01/31/2010 3:20:08 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: sodpoodle

The point is though the article says they let the little guy go.


8 posted on 01/31/2010 3:20:12 PM PST by bluecollarman (Obama's amazing! One beer summit and he wins a Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: bluecollarman

Yeah, I’ve seen more of the set. They were just playing with their food before they ate it.


9 posted on 01/31/2010 3:21:39 PM PST by Raymann
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To: bluecollarman

can’t we all just get along?


10 posted on 01/31/2010 3:22:20 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (governance is not sovereignty [paraphrasing Bishop Fulton Sheen].)
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To: bluecollarman

Somewhere I think it said they didn’t print all the pictures one of which was the cheetah’s supposedly eating it ....


11 posted on 01/31/2010 3:22:43 PM PST by SkyDancer (But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father)
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To: UCANSEE2

“Well, that would have just ruined the whole story now, wouldn’t it?”

Well I think from what I can figure out. The story, which says they let the antelope go, Is false.


12 posted on 01/31/2010 3:23:43 PM PST by bluecollarman (Obama's amazing! One beer summit and he wins a Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: sodpoodle
Adult predators *practice* on immature prey - when they are too small for a good meal.

This is particularly true for young cheetahs. Their hunting methods are so technical that they must be taught and take longer to become self-sufficient than other big cats. Leopards & lions are much more instinctive killers. Though any cat will "play with its food".

13 posted on 01/31/2010 3:24:51 PM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: bluecollarman

My dog dug a mole out of the snow yesterday and played with it for a while. The mole didn’t fare so well despite not being eaten.

I was kind of surprised that a mole would be active above ground under the snow.


14 posted on 01/31/2010 3:24:54 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Raymann

“Yeah, I’ve seen more of the set. They were just playing with their food before they ate it.”

Now that sounds more realistic.


15 posted on 01/31/2010 3:26:14 PM PST by bluecollarman (Obama's amazing! One beer summit and he wins a Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: bluecollarman

As the old saying goes, the lion may lie down with the lamb, but the lamb won’t get much sleep.


16 posted on 01/31/2010 3:27:59 PM PST by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: bluecollarman
I saw a similar video were a lioness caught a young antelope, but did not kill it. She took it to her cubs to train them how to hunt.

They couldn't quite figure it out, and the antelope escapted.

The lioness let it go. I guess she figured they have to learn, and gave them a hard lesson in growing up.

17 posted on 01/31/2010 3:28:04 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: SkyDancer

Yep, the photo of the cheetahs eating to baby Impala were not published but are on the Biosphoto website.


18 posted on 01/31/2010 3:30:22 PM PST by rintense (Only dead fish go with the flow, which explains why Congress stinks.)
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To: cripplecreek

“My dog dug a mole out of the snow yesterday and played with it for a while. The mole didn’t fare so well despite not being eaten.”

He wouldn’t have made it here, my dog don’t play with rats, moles, or squirrels. He’s deadly. I’ve seen him pick squirrels off of the side of trees when they aren’t paying attention.


19 posted on 01/31/2010 3:30:36 PM PST by bluecollarman (Obama's amazing! One beer summit and he wins a Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: bluecollarman

The mole was dead inside of 10 seconds. Jack Russells are varmint killin machines.


20 posted on 01/31/2010 3:32:37 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: bluecollarman

Three democrats play with a RINO republican moments before killing and eating it's political career...

21 posted on 01/31/2010 3:34:34 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob

Is that baby’s name Arlen?


22 posted on 01/31/2010 3:39:20 PM PST by brwnsuga (Not a Slave!)
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To: cripplecreek

“The mole was dead inside of 10 seconds. Jack Russells are varmint killin machines.”

lol , those little dogs are crazy...they’ll eat your toes right off!

Mine is rat terrier/lab mix. He fights with the Jack Russel next door through the chain link fence. They sound like they are tearing each other to pieces.


23 posted on 01/31/2010 3:43:09 PM PST by bluecollarman (Obama's amazing! One beer summit and he wins a Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: mware
"They couldn't quite figure it out, and the antelope escapted."

I think this ones got it figured out.

24 posted on 01/31/2010 3:46:05 PM PST by bluecollarman (Obama's amazing! One beer summit and he wins a Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: bluecollarman
Some comments say there are pictures of the the antelope being eaten which were not published.

P>

So, what's for dessert?

25 posted on 01/31/2010 3:50:49 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (I want a hoochie-mama for Christmas, only a hoochie-mama will do............)
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To: bluecollarman
By the look in the antelope's eyes, that looks like George W. Bush with Clinton, Pelosi and Obama, “You guys want me to be your friend?”

...or maybe McCain with the eneMedia back in the primaries, “I really like the way you guys call me ‘Maverick McCain!’ You guys really like me!”

26 posted on 01/31/2010 3:50:54 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others.)
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To: sodpoodle

“Dogs play with kittens, baby squirrels etc.,”

My dog eats baby squirrels. Or at least parts of them.


27 posted on 01/31/2010 3:51:24 PM PST by bluecollarman (Obama's amazing! One beer summit and he wins a Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: bluecollarman

Lions and buffalo and crocs, oh my! Rush went on and on about this video of Lions and a croc fighting over a baby buffalo. But the buffalo get in the last word.

http://www.granitestategaming.com/index.php?site=videos&action=detail&id=28


28 posted on 01/31/2010 3:53:39 PM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: bluecollarman

Reminds me of the myth that animals only kill to eat. Then I saw the video of the two tigers that went on a rampage killing 7 antelope in just a few minutes time...then walked away.


29 posted on 01/31/2010 3:54:01 PM PST by phredo53 (Caution: This post does not comply with White House standards.)
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To: 6SJ7
As the old saying goes, the lion may lie down with the lamb, but the lamb won’t get much sleep.

I understand that P. T. Barnum had a display of a lion actually lying down with a lamb. A reporter asked P.T. how he did it, and P.T. replied "Frequent and judicious application of a lamb".

I saw once on a nature channel where a confused cheetah didn't kill/eat a baby impala because the baby just laid there and didn't run, which would have triggered an attack by the cheetah.

30 posted on 01/31/2010 3:55:21 PM PST by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Thanks for posting that, I could not find them. This is the the picture the paper had for the final outcome. Why do they do that? The photographer claims he didn't even take the picture of the antelope running away and getting free.


31 posted on 01/31/2010 3:56:07 PM PST by bluecollarman (Obama's amazing! One beer summit and he wins a Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: saganite

I saw that video pretty amazing.


32 posted on 01/31/2010 4:00:18 PM PST by bluecollarman (Obama's amazing! One beer summit and he wins a Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: bluecollarman

How sweet!

just like how dems play with RINOS right before they do something “bipartisan”


33 posted on 01/31/2010 4:09:55 PM PST by gthog61
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To: Hot Tabasco

It’s like the naivete of Obama. He wishes the world were different. It’s not. Cheetahs will eat gazelles.


34 posted on 01/31/2010 4:13:30 PM PST by DariusBane (Even the Rocks shall cry out "Hobamma to the Highest")
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To: bluecollarman
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35 posted on 01/31/2010 4:16:55 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: bluecollarman
Click on the following link:

biosphoto

Then in the search area at the top, type in Cheetah in the first field then Impala.........You will see the whole sequence of pictures........

36 posted on 01/31/2010 4:19:36 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (I want a hoochie-mama for Christmas, only a hoochie-mama will do............)
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To: cripplecreek

Ha cute pictures. Those little fellers can really jump. More like Tasmanian Devils than dogs.


37 posted on 01/31/2010 4:27:27 PM PST by bluecollarman (Obama's amazing! One beer summit and he wins a Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

“Then in the search area at the top, type in Cheetah in the first field then Impala.”

Thanks, I only searched in the first field when I looked. Appreciate the tip.


38 posted on 01/31/2010 4:35:28 PM PST by bluecollarman (Obama's amazing! One beer summit and he wins a Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Along with the caption: “After playing with the young Impala, Cheetah brothers have killed it and eaten.”

Another news story that turned out to be completely false.


39 posted on 01/31/2010 4:41:02 PM PST by john in springfield
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To: bluecollarman

Yeah, and my cat loves to play with mice before he eats them. Sorry, not buying this story.


40 posted on 01/31/2010 4:47:21 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: bluecollarman

Only in Obama’s demented fantasies..


41 posted on 01/31/2010 5:00:18 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: saganite

There’s a video out there somewhere of a zebra drowning a lion that is awesome


42 posted on 01/31/2010 5:20:31 PM PST by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: bluecollarman

Cats like to “play with” their food. Some then proceed to dine very soon. Some eat a little later.


43 posted on 01/31/2010 5:35:56 PM PST by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: saganite
I showed that video to the students in my biology class. You should have heard them cheer at the end.

There were a heck of a lot of ahhh and oh no's during the first 5 minutes.

44 posted on 01/31/2010 5:47:38 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: phredo53

They kill more than they eat, and also play with wounded prey, so that their hunting skills are kept sharp.

It is a good survival strategy, and aids the tiger tremendously.

Not just tigers, but also cheetahs, cats, leopards, etc.


45 posted on 01/31/2010 6:41:47 PM PST by James C. Bennett
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To: bluecollarman

The last picture tells it all..look at the expression on the impala,,it is running for escape with a big cat in pursuit..I wager the little guy was a morsel.


46 posted on 01/31/2010 7:22:54 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: mware

I hope you pointed out that nature works that way and that calf getting away was a one in a million shot.


47 posted on 02/01/2010 3:55:43 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: saganite
Believe me after the kids saw the entire video they knew that it was one lucky water buffalo to escape a pride of lions, and one hungry crocodile.

Actually I mentioned to the kids that the buffalo was probably pretty torn up and it would have been lucky if it did not die of infections.

48 posted on 02/01/2010 9:06:02 AM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: bluecollarman
The story, which says they let the antelope go, Is false.

OMG! You mean the MEDIA would lie, just for the sake of selling some more detergent?

49 posted on 02/01/2010 12:41:27 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: Caipirabob
Cheetah1: "I think this one's retarded."

Cheetah2: "This is no fun. The thrill is in the chase, and I'm not going to eat something that's retarded. What would the other Cheetah's say?"


50 posted on 02/01/2010 12:47:21 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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