Don’t play with your food! Baboon seizes baby gazelle from cheetah cubs, but they don’t know how to kill it.

  • Three cubs playing with the new gazelle were learning how to hunt.
  • Predators chased down the baby fawns and brought it down to the ground 
  • However, none of the six month-old Cheetahs could rip apart the gazelle 
  • The gazelle was taken by a large baboon that rushed onto the Masai Mara scene.

Here’s the moment that a group of cub cheetahs surrounds a small gazelle but lacks the instinct to tear it apart. 

A large baboon, however, came into view and dragged the small fawn away. 

Laura Dyer captured the footage in Kenya’s Masai Mara, Naboishio Conservancy. 

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

After being tracked down in Kenya’s Masai Mara by their mother, these three cheetah cubs were unable to kill the newborn gazelle. 

The cheetahs were supposed to use the fawn as hunting practice before ripping it apart and enjoying their next meal

Before they could rip it apart, the cheetahs would use the fawn for hunting practice.

Instead, a hungry baboon, pictured, bounded across the scrubland and killed the fawn before carrying it off, leaving the cheetahs hungry

A hungry baboon instead, shown in the photo, ran through the scrubland, killing the fawn, and then carrying it away, making the cheetahs hungrier.

The mother of the cheetah had located and delivered this unfortunate baby to her cubs for learning purposes. 

Six-month-old cubs were to leap on the gazelle, ripping it apart. 

They surrounded the animal, but they failed to kill it. 

One of the cubs hit the gazelle with his paw, causing it to flee for its own life. Three cheetahs pursued the gazelle and managed to drag it to the ground. 

The three predators failed again to rip into the young fawn. Although one of the three predators appeared to be about to take the gazelle’s neck in its teeth, the other cheetah failed to do so. 

A large baboon pursued the three cheetahs, then chased them down and hunted the baby. 

It was this time that the baby baboon took the lifeless fawn across the wilderness park, inflicting a severe neck injury. 

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

Six-month-old cheetahs caught up to the baby fawn but did not have the killer instinct 

Several times it appeared that the cheetahs had figured out what was necessary to begin their meal, but lacked the killer instinct

It appeared several times that the cheetahs knew what they needed to start their meal but didn’t have the killer instinct. 

Even when joined by its siblings, the cheetahs could not kill the fawn, who had been tracked down by their mother as a teaching aid

The cheetahs were unable to kill the baby fawn even when it was accompanied by its siblings.

Ms Dyer stated that the cheetah cubs were just six months old when their mother caught Thomson’s gazelle, allowing them to practice hunting.

They don’t have any clue because this is their first hunt and they therefore don’t know what to do.

“This continued under the watchful eyes of mom and shepherding for about forty minutes until a huge male baboon spotted the chaos and ran in to steal the baby gazelle. 

“Baboons can sometimes catch prey and kill them, but that’s not common.”

Laura Dyer, who filmed the footage, said: 'The cheetah cubs are just under six months old, and their mom caught this new born baby Thomson's gazelle for them to learn how to hunt on'

Laura Dyer who shot the footage said that: “The cubs of cheetahs are less than six months old. Their mom captured this baby Thomson’s gazelle to teach them how to hunt.”

At this moment, it appears the gazelle is doomed, but the cheetahs continue to prevaricate

The gazelle appears doomed at this point, but the Cheetahs keep trying to deflect the blame. 

The gazelle seemed resigned to its position on the food chain despite the incompetent cats

Despite incompetent cats, the gazelle appeared to be content with its place on the food chain

The baboon, however, showed no such reticence and despatched the gazelle with ruthless efficiency

But the baboon didn’t show any reticence at all and dispatched the gazelle with brutal efficiency 

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

Ms Dyer stated that it is unusual for baboons to claim their prey.