Cheetahs Crash Safari Tour, Terrifying Tourists

by
Indrani Sengupta
There are safari tours that let you get extraordinarily close to the most fascinating wildlife, and then there's this. "Up close and personal" has a whole new meaning now.

It appears that cheetahs are also interested in learning the ins and outs of Kenyan fauna, a la safari tour.

Or maybe they just wanted a ride home?

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Irish tourist Mickey McCaldin was kicking back and relaxing on his jeep, touring Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve, when a handful of cheetahs hitched a ride.

One hoisted itself inside and settled down next to the baffled man, just inches from his face.

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Two others took to sunbathing on the roof of the vehicle, sprawled out like feline royalty.

Mickey McCaldin

It seems, from McCaldin’s expression, that this was more “up close and personal” than McCaldin had bargained for. Thankfully, while he was balking, his friend David Horsey snapped some excellent candid shots.

Cheetah jumps into safari jeep

Horsey, 65, who is himself a resident of Mombasa, Kenya’s second-largest city, was himself stunned by the sight:

“I’ve been living in Kenya all my life and I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Cheetah jumped in to back of safari jeep

It seems that sometimes animals are as interested in us as we are in them. Who's watching who?

Horsey notes that McCaldin was at first largely unperturbed

“At first Mickey was really relaxed but I think he was quite concerned it might try and sit in his lap.”

Until he realized that the cheetahs—already very forward—might get even more friendly.

Maybe that appeals to the cat lovers out there (it certainly does to us), but, as Horsey warns, cheetahs are still wild animals.  Regardless of how nuzzle-worthy they may look.

“‘Unlike a domestic cat, you certainly don’t want that [a cheetah on your lap].”

Ah well. C’est la cheetah.

 At least we’ll always have these pictures. 

Read more: A Huge Elephant Attacks Safari Jeep (VIDEO)

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