Londelosi – Cheetah
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12” x 24”, acrylic, 2000

With their keen eyesight cheetahs can rest and search at the same time. They live a vulnerable existence. Catching and killing prey is tricky and exhausting. But the most serious risk comes from other predators, hyenas and lions. In a tragically high percentage of cases, cheetahs will make a kill only to be robbed of it. They never even try to defend it. Moreover, these predators will kill cheetah babies every time they get the chance.

I like this reaching, peering pose. It reminds me of the action when, in full chase, the cheetah has to make a sudden turn.