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Thursday, 3 February 2011
The next cheetahs to be re-wilded?
Recently the daily feeding routine was a little bit different as the Four Scientists (a group of four males named Darwin, Fossey, Livingstone and Mendel) were no where to be seen when CCF’s keepers arrived at the gate to their pen. This was HIGHLY unusual as the eager Scientists are always waiting for the feeding car when it arrives. Concerned about the cats, we quickly drove into the 5-ha pen and began to search the pen. To my relief we quickly found them in the middle of one of the roads, and the reason for the Scientists absence was discovered. A young female Kudu had made the very poor decision to jump the fence and had been taken down by the four males.
The Four Scientists
Bite wounds around the Kudu’s neck indicated that the boys had performed a very efficient kill which is good news considering that the Scientists could possibly be our next candidates for a soft release into the Bellebenno game camp! Certainly to be considered.
We left the Scientists to enjoy their prize and did not have to feed them again for quite a few days!