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a cheetah and a leopard facing off in Botswana
January 11, 2013

Cheetah and Leopard, Botswana

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

A very rare, adrenaline-packed showdown between two spotted predators: a male cheetah and a female leopard. The leopard came to steal the cheetah's fresh kill. No one expected the cheetah to fight for it, as he is lower on the predator hierarchy, but he was very hungry—it had been a couple of days since his last meal. We were all stunned by the sudden engagement between the two cats. Sometimes hard work pays nothing and ultimately the leopard prevailed. Taken in Botswana.

(This photo and caption were submitted to Your Shot.)

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Photograph by Jamie Hopf, Your Shot

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