- The cheetahs were coated in crimson after they devoured a 30lb antelope in Kenya's Maasai Mara reserve
- Vivid images show the so-called coalition of cheetahs licking their lips and prowling the game reserve
- Pictures of the 'thrilling moment' were taken by 41-year-old photographer Tapan Sheth from Rajkot, India
A pack of cheetahs struck a menacing pose with their faces covered in blood and guts after devouring an antelope in Kenya.
The predators were coated in crimson with cartilage hanging from their mouths after they feasted on a 30lb antelope in the Maasai Mara national park.
Vivid images show the so-called coalition of cheetahs licking their lips and prowling the game reserve after their meal in what photographer Tapan Sheth described as a 'thrilling moment'.
'It was the live first hunt I'd ever seen, and it was great. I was just fifty feet away from this amazing capture. There is one photo where the cheetah is facing the camera which I am particularly proud of,' said Tapan, from Rajkot, India.
Some of the animals are thought to be around eight years old, well into middle age for a cheetah which typically lives for around 10 to 12 years in the wild - and faces threats to its existence.
Wildlife experts say cheetahs are traded as pets after being illegally caught in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, and are sometimes poached for their skin. The African Wildlife Foundation estimates there are only 6,700 adult cheetahs alive in the wild.