Simon King, a wildlife photographer, is invited to raise two orphaned Cheeta cubs when they are 3 months.
A beautiful story about raising African orphaned cheetahs so that they may be returned to the wild. Simon King mimics a mother cheetah and attempts to parent the two cheetahs as they quickly grow up. Very poignant story as Simon experiences all the joy and wonder of being a part of the cheetah's world while at the same time worrying for their safety and security in wild Africa.
Make sure you're not going to be interrupted during the first 10 minutes because the footage of the cheetahs as cubs is priceless. They were only cubs for a short while, by the time they are 6 months old they have grown the long legs and long slender body of a cheetah.
Viewers may find it surprising, as I did, that the wild cheetah cubs take to humans like domesticated animals. Even when they are grown and living in the wild, Simon King is able to approach them and handle them as he wishes. Small wonder cats live with humans all over the world.
As the cubs grow up there is some great footage of them in full run after prey. Simon King's love for the creatures shines through in every frame and in his narration. Don't expect any dry eyes after watching this retelling of "Born Free" with cheetahs.
The soundtrack was excellent. Simon narrates with his thoughts and reflections and the music is very well done with variations on an original theme. It's very nice.
The show is very memorable and has moved many people as evidenced by some of the internet sites where it is discussed.
Be aware that this episode of Nature is a compilation of two programs from BBC: "Cheetah, fast track to freedom" and "Toki's Tale" Both of these shows are an hour long so "Cheetah Orphans" has only half the footage of the two shows together. You can view "Cheetah, fast track to freedom" and "Toki's Tale" on you tube to see all the footage. Perhaps someday Simon King will put together a feature length movie with the footage that he has.
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