Fork lightning and feeding Cheetahs!
Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
138Trip End May 01, 2013
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We left Etosha National Park around 10am bound for Cheetah Park - with some debate about Alun's dodgy payment strategy which left us somewhat out of pocket! - and went shopping for 'supplies' and fended off encounters with drunken locals!
We arrived at Cheetah Park just as the heavens opened and fork lightning streaked the sky! Jane discovered whilst pulling on her shoes that a large black and yellow millipede had took residence inside and was rescued by the fearless James following a mild heart attack
We put our tents up hastily and then jumped in a trailer up to the farm - here live three large cheetahs and a baby cheetah who were running riot around the grounds, chasing each other up trees and posing for photographs. When their food arrived, however, we saw a glimpse of the wild animals they are - tearing at the meat hungrily and snarling at anyone that got too close to their dinner.
We then entered another enclosure on the back of the truck and trailer and saw ten wild cheetahs being fed big hunks of meat - these cheetahs were scratched and ragged like they had to fight for each scrap. We were taken then to a mother and her three cubs - she had a litter of five but big cats only have four nipples so the runt had been sent to the farm in order to survive. One of the other cubs had disappeared mysteriously - possibly a puff adder - and it was sad to watch the mummy cheetah all for her other cubs when it was feeding time. Circle of life...
We returned to camp dodging the sheet and fork lightning and had dinner and the obligatory few drinks before Paula hit the sack and Vikki followed after a few more stories around the campfire.