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VIDEO: Cheetah cubs fail to kill a gazelle stolen by a large baboon

Don’t play with your food! Baboon snatches baby gazelle from cheetah cubs after they catch him but have no idea how to kill him

  • Three cheetah cubs played with a newborn gazelle learning to hunt
  • The predators chased the fawn and were able to bring it to the ground
  • But none of the six-month-old cheetahs knew how to tear the gazelle apart
  • A large baboon stormed the scene in the Masai Mara and stole the gazelle



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This is when a family of cheetah cubs surrounded a small gazelle, but didn’t have the killer instinct to tear it apart before lunch.

Instead, a large baboon came into view to drag the little fawn away.

The images were taken by Laura Dyer in Kenya’s Masai Mara, at the Naboishio Conservancy.

These three cheetah cubs failed miserably to finish this newborn gazelle after it was tracked down by their mother in Kenya's Masai Mara

These three cheetah cubs failed miserably to finish this newborn gazelle after it was tracked down by their mother in Kenya’s Masai Mara

The cheetahs had to use the fawn as a hunting exercise before tearing it apart and enjoying their next meal

The cheetahs had to use the fawn as a hunting exercise before tearing it apart and enjoying their next meal

The cheetahs had to use the fawn as a hunting exercise before tearing it apart and enjoying their next meal

Instead, a hungry baboon, pictured, jumped over the undergrowth and killed the fawn before carrying it away, leaving the cheetahs hungry

Instead, a hungry baboon, pictured, jumped over the undergrowth and killed the fawn before carrying it away, leaving the cheetahs hungry

Instead, a hungry baboon, pictured, jumped over the undergrowth and killed the fawn before carrying it away, leaving the cheetahs hungry

The unfortunate fawn had been tracked down by the cheetah’s mother who had given it to her cubs as a learning exercise.

The six-month-old cubs had to jump on the gazelle and tear it apart.

Instead, they surrounded the smaller animal, but failed to attack and kill their next meal.

One of the cubs hit the gazelle with its paw, forcing it to run for its life. The three cheetahs gave chase and managed to get the intended victim to the ground.

However, the three predators again failed to tear into the young fawn. One of the cheetahs looked like it wanted to bite the gazelle’s neck, but couldn’t close its jaws.

While a group of people watched on safari, a large baboon chased the three cheetahs away and then hunted the fawn.

This time, the fawn suffered a fatal wound to the neck and was carried lifeless in the baboon’s jaws through the game reserve.

The six-month-old cheetahs were able to catch up with the newborn fawn, but lacked the killer instinct

The six-month-old cheetahs were able to catch up with the newborn fawn, but lacked the killer instinct

The six-month-old cheetahs were able to catch up with the newborn fawn, but lacked the killer instinct

Several times it turned out that the cheetahs had figured out what it took to start their meal, but lacked the killer instinct

Several times it turned out that the cheetahs had figured out what it took to start their meal, but lacked the killer instinct

Several times it turned out that the cheetahs had figured out what it took to start their meal, but lacked the killer instinct

Even when his siblings joined him, the cheetahs couldn't kill the fawn, which their mother had tracked down as a learning aid

Even when his siblings joined him, the cheetahs couldn't kill the fawn, which their mother had tracked down as a learning aid

Even when his siblings joined him, the cheetahs couldn’t kill the fawn, which their mother had tracked down as a learning aid

Mrs Dyer said: ‘The cheetah cubs are just under six months old and their mother has captured this newborn baby Thomson’s gazelle so they can learn to hunt.

“They have no idea, of course, because this would be their first time on a hunt, so they don’t know how to kill the gazelle.

‘This went on for about forty minutes under Mother’s watchful eye and shepherding until a huge male baboon saw the commotion and rushed in, stealing the baby gazelle for himself.

“Baboons sometimes catch and kill prey, but it’s very unusual.”

Laura Dyer, who filmed the footage, said: 'The cheetah cubs are just under six months old, and their mother caught this newborn baby Thomson's gazelle so they could learn to hunt'

Laura Dyer, who filmed the footage, said: 'The cheetah cubs are just under six months old, and their mother caught this newborn baby Thomson's gazelle so they could learn to hunt'

Laura Dyer, who filmed the footage, said: ‘The cheetah cubs are just under six months old, and their mother caught this newborn baby Thomson’s gazelle so they could learn to hunt’

Right now it seems the gazelle is doomed to fail, but the cheetahs continue to crave

Right now it seems the gazelle is doomed to fail, but the cheetahs continue to crave

Right now it seems the gazelle is doomed to fail, but the cheetahs continue to crave

Despite the incompetent cats, the gazelle seemed to resign itself to its position in the food chain

Despite the incompetent cats, the gazelle seemed to resign itself to its position in the food chain

Despite the incompetent cats, the gazelle seemed to resign itself to its position in the food chain

However, the baboon showed no such restraint and sent the gazelle away with relentless efficiency

However, the baboon showed no such restraint and sent the gazelle away with relentless efficiency

However, the baboon showed no such restraint and sent the gazelle away with relentless efficiency

Mrs Dyer said it was unusual to see baboons claiming their own prey

Mrs Dyer said it was unusual to see baboons claiming their own prey

Mrs Dyer said it was unusual to see baboons claiming their own prey

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