Perfectly-timed photo shows cheetah trinity posing to resemble India's National Emblem
As many as twelve cheetahs arrived in India on February 18 as part of efforts to reintroduce the big cats in the wild after decades of extinction in the country.
The feline predators were flown in from South Africa's Johannesburg, according to the Indian Air Force, and would eventually be transferred to Kuno National Park.
According to a joint statement from India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, South Africa, the imports are part of an initiative by India and South Africa to reintroduce cheetahs in India.
The reintroduction process had started last year on 17 September, when five female and three male southeast African cheetahs, between the ages of four and six, were move to a small quarantined enclosure within the Kuno National Park Madhya Pradesh from Namibia.
Amid the buzz online for the fastest land animal's reintroduction in India, a stunning photo shared online shows a cheetah trinity posing to resemble our National Emblem.
The photo shows three cheetahs sitting close together, with one facing towards the camera and two behind him checking the other sides.
All their heads are looking in different directions but their bodies are positioned in the same way so as to create an impression that resembles Indian's National emblem.
Our national emblem features Asiatic lions standing back-to-back. It symbolises power, courage, confidence and faith.
All the lions are mounted on a circular abacus and the abacus is mounted on a lotus. The wheel of the law, Dharmachakra, is in the center of the abacus.
The stunning photo was taken by Paul Goldstein, a wildlife photographer from Wimbledon, in Kenya's Masai Mara National Park, according to reports.
It was even shared on Twitter by Indian Forest Service official, Susanta Nanda.