Happy Mother’s Day 2012, to Cheetahs, Gemsboks and You

Candice Gaukel Andrews May 1, 2012 3

All animal mothers seem to share one common trait: a fierce desire to protect their young. In fact, sometimes that desire becomes a little too overbearing, and moms begin to cross the line into what’s known as “helicopter parenting.”

Most animal young seem to have a universal attribute as well: an urge to prove themselves by testing their limits. And that can cause them to take on more than they can chew—literally.

That’s certainly the case with these two cheetah cubs in the African desert, who sneak away to hunt without their mother and tackle what they think will be an easy meal. The problem is, they didn’t count on the gemsbok (or oryx) calf having a protective mother, too.

Watch this short video of one gemsbok mom who demonstrates that helicopter parenting can, at times, be of value in the wild. And then I hope all of you animal mothers “out there” have a happy upcoming Mother’s Day, from Colorado to the Kalahari!

Here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,



  1. Art Hardy May 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I guess that’s one gemsbok who won’t be complaining about an overbearing parent.

  2. Nine Quiet Lessons May 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Strange to see those cheetahs just sort of hanging out near the wounded gemsbok, and not attacking it right away.

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