Photographer Captures Cheetah Cubs Taking Their First Steps

Taran Underwood

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A group of cheetahs were captured taking their very first steps into the world and the results are just adorable. Wildlife photographer, Paul Mahagi, waited for days hiding inside a bush, waiting patiently to get a glimpse of these baby cheetahs.

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Mahagi is one devoted photographer because the scorching heat in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park was not enough to put him off seeing the cubs. The babies were covered in spots and had a tail of fur on their backs. This is to help them camouflage when walking behind their mother. Once they get bigger, that feature falls away.

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Although cheetahs are the fastest animals in the world, these babies were testing out their new legs slowly and carefully. They were stretching and yawning while they curiously looked out at their new world. Mahagi is delighted that he got to capture this moment.

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He said: "I spend a lot of time in the park hunting for the best photos. I knew there were new cubs and wanted to see them for myself. I’m very happy with how these turned out. I never knew I would get such a great expression. It looks like he is saying hello to the world. The cheetahs are very cute."