Wildlife is enthralling, and it frequently provides breathtaking sights. Two wildlife photographers recently captured such a rare moment on film. Arnfin Johansen and Buddhilini De Soyza have witnessed an extremely rare sighting with a lot of patience and passion.
While photographing Mother Nature in its purest form in Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, the two were in the right place at the right time to capture some breathtaking images. When a group of cheetah decided to cross a flooded river, the two photographers were on the Talek River’s banks.
Despite the danger, the five felines, all brothers, decided to swim across the river. Not only were they swimming against the current, but the Talek river was also teeming with crocodiles. Even though cheetahs are the fastest land animals on the planet, swimming is a completely different story. The five brothers, according to the photographers, all made it to the other side.
The initial Facebook post reads, “A unique situation to witness made the perfect ending to the day. When the five cheetah brothers decided to cross the flooded Talek River despite the high current and crocodile danger. The three largest were the first to cross, followed by the two others a short time later.”
“The Maasai Mara is one of the few remaining strongholds for the global cheetah population,” says Femke Broekhuis, project director of the Mara Cheetah Project. In the wild, there are fewer than 7,000 individuals…