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Brave cheetah mum chases off 330lb male lion from killing her cubs

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The heroics of a mother cheetah have been caught on camera after she tackled a huge lion who was looking to kill her cubs in Kenya.

A local guide captures the dramatic events as the mother cheetah disregards her own safety to ensure the survival of her offspring.

The prowling 330lb lion, which weighs more than three times the cheetah, was on the hunt at the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

First, the lion tried to separate the mother cheetah from her cubs and from the images, it appears the hunter achieved success.

However, it was not long before the mother cheetah leapt into action.

Not being intimidated by the size and power of the hunter, the mother was fearless and stood her ground to ensure her cubs were safe.

She ended up becoming the hunter and caused the lion to retreat away from the area.

Kisemei Saruni, 35, captured the moment while in the reserve from around 130 metres away from the dramatic events unfolding.

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Speaking to the Daily Mail, Saruni said: "I was on a regular drive tour while we were viewing a leopard and her cubs when a male lion came out of a bush not far from us.

"The lion was just casually strolling around his territory when he saw the cheetah and the cubs. The lion ran to the cubs and at first, the mama cheetah surrendered and ran away, only to change her mind and chase the lion away."

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A cheetah is the fastest animal on the planet and can accelerate faster than most luxury sports cars.

Due to a cheetah’s speed, a chase involving one usually lasts less than a minute thanks to their ability to cover 300 metres.

Cheetah females are usually solitary and raise their cubs alone. They often hide them in dens during the day before teaching them essential skills, such as hunting, as they grow up.

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Cheetah cubs grow very quickly and actually reach half their adult size in just six months from birth.

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