Family. An Inspiring True Story, Taught by Cheetahs.

Sometimes wildlife can remind us of how important our loved ones are.
This picture I am sharing today holds a beautiful message.
During my time monitoring cheetahs in the wild, and working for a cheetah conservation program, I witnessed this moment between these cheetah cubs and their mother.

Mother cheetah being comforted by her cubs

The mother had been struggling with hunting. It was during the time of a great drought, and her prey opportunities became less and less by the day. And she had four growing cubs to feed!

So day after day, I tracked and monitored this cheetah family. Hoping and praying that something would happen for them. That this struggling first time mother would catch a break…or you know, at least catch an antelope!

I found the mother and her four cubs, resting after a very long day of failed attempts at hunting.
They saw me every single day, so to them, I was just part of the environment.

I observed then a most remarkable moment between the cubs and their mother…

The mother had collapsed wearily, seemingly at her wits end.

And then, her little cubs all gathered around her, and began washing her in the same way she always did for them when they wear weary or afraid.
It was so moving and touching, seeing this happen, and hearing their sweet purrs of comfort.

The mother cheetah then began to relax, and feel comforted, purring loudly with her encouraging babies.


And only days later, I watched this very same mother cheetah, make an absolutely stunning kill at her full speed. (This is around 70mph).
This is another remarkable story for another day…


I am so blessed to have witnessed such incredible moments in the wild. And to learn from them. And share this with the world.

In this picture I photographed of this cheetah family, I want to share what I learned from them…
Love your loved ones.
Forgive your loved ones.
Be there for your loved ones.
Be strong for them.
The love and support of family is so important…because we are always better together.

How truly special it is that we can see and learn these messages from the wild world around us.

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