A daring cheetah caught a tourist off guard during a safari at Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve. The powerful predator, equipped with razor-sharp claws and teeth, is not the cat you would want snuggling up to you.
However, the fearless feline leaped into the backseat of a jeep cruising through the African savanna, leaving Irish vacationer Mickey McCaldin stunned. The cheetah slowly approached McCaldin, coming within a foot of his face.
David Horsey, a 62-year-old family friend from Mombasa, Kenya, captured the intense encounter between McCaldin and the cheetah. He said, “I’ve lived in Kenya all my life and never seen anything like this. The cheetah just wasn’t scared of getting up close and personal.”
Watch the video at the end.
McCaldin initially remained calm, but he grew concerned as the wild cat seemed to consider sitting in his lap.
Horsey noted that a domestic cat might be welcome, but a cheetah is an entirely different story.
The cheetah had followed the safari group for several days without securing a meal. Horsey explained, “The family had been looking for a gazelle for a few days with no luck.
They were used to the jeep as we’d been around for a few days, so the mum jumped on top for a better view.”
After losing interest in McCaldin, the cheetah gazed out of the vehicle for a few minutes before casually hopping out.
McCaldin was vacationing with his wife and sister, who are friends of Horsey and his wife, Vicky.
The couple, who have spent their entire lives in Kenya, never tire of exploring the game reserves and witnessing the unpredictable nature of wildlife encounters like this one.