During our morning drive on our second day of this trip to the Maasai Mara, we had the pleasure of encountering Amani and her three cubs for the third time in two days.
They had successfully hunted and taken down a Thomson's gazelle minutes before we arrived, and were in the process of killing it as we watched.
The tommie was still alive and struggling when we arrived, and while it is never easy to see an animal perish, it is a necessary part of nature, and for cheetahs, a success amongst a high rate of failures.
Cheetahs hunt, kill and feed out in the open, and very often lose their meals to hyenas and other predators.
For this reason, cheetahs must devour the meals as quickly as possible, as they are very vulnerable whilst feeding on the open savannah, and other predators very quickly discover the presence of a potential meal and will chase cheetahs away.