Peace between a Predator and Prey?

For most antelopes, cheetahs are the last thing they see before they get eaten alive. But as shown in the image, this is not always the case. Going against their natural killer instincts, the cheetahs pawed at the baby impala like a child’s play thing but did NOT finish it off.

Its understandable why most people, instantly think there is something wrong with this picture, however, in reality the cheetahs instinct to conserve energy clearly greater than their instinct to kill. These cheetahs were not hungry at this time, so they did not need to kill, as for the antelope, he was killed and eaten the next day by the same cheetahs.