The Unusual Tree Climber
Cheetahs, renowned for their swift sprints across wide expanses, occasionally display an unexpected interest in scaling easily reachable trees. Unlike leopards, cheetahs lack specialized adaptations for life in the tree canopy. Their bodies are designed for rapid running in open spaces, making tree climbing an unusual behavior for them. However, this inclination might contribute to honing their motor coordination and hunting abilities. Scaling branches could also function as a form of refuge from predators or provide an elevated vantage point for monitoring prey movements.
Chitabe, Botswana
FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS
400mm ƒ/2.8 1/1250 ISO 125