WATCH | Lioness steals impala kill from cheetah mom and her 4 cubs

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  • Video of a lioness stealing a kill from five cheetahs has been released by wildlife site Latest Sightings.
  • The footage was captured  about 2km from Crocodile Bridge by a family on a self-drive in the Kruger Park.
  • Latest Sightings shares video captured by visitors to the Kruger Park.
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Video of a lioness stealing an impala from a cheetah and her four cubs has been released by popular website Latest Sightings.

Latest Sightings shares video captured by visitors to the Kruger Park.

The cheetah, known in the area as ‘Supermom’ opted to lose the meal and rather protect the lives of her young.

While cheetah cubs reach half their adult size at six months of age, they are not very good hunters at this point, and still require help. Cubs learn how to hunt from their mothers - the siblings will stick together until the female cubs reach sexual maturity at two and a half to three years.

The footage was captured by Danie Bester who was on a full day self-drive in the Kruger National Park. Bester was heading back to the gate about 2km from Crocodile Bridge when he and his family witnessed the impala kill – and subsequent steal.

 “As we passed Vurhami Bridge, we saw a cheetah running in the distance. We were very excited and then we saw another cheetah and then a third and a forth as well! ”

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In their excitement, the family nearly missed the mother cheetah making an impala kill in front of their vehicle.

“The mother is known as the Supermom in the areas and was calling to her 4 sub-adult cubs. We thought ourselves to be extremely lucky, seeing 5 cheetahs and a kill," said Bester.

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“We were taking photos of the sighting when I noticed a change in the Supermom’s behaviour, so I looked around to see if we could spot the threat. In the distance I saw a lioness, (also known as one of the Vurhami lionesses) approaching the cheetahs, obviously aware of the kill just made.” 

“Things were getting intense as the lioness kept approaching closer and closer. By this time the sub-adult cubs ran away while the Supermom stood her ground for a while longer until she finally hid behind fallen trees keeping a close eye on the approaching lioness.”

“We waited and watched when the lioness suddenly and quickly stole the kill and made her way back into the direction from which she came, and the Supermom cheetah ran away.”

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