Surprise! Cheetah Jumps Into Jeep During African Safari

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This is exactly what your face would like like if a wild cheetah jumped into your jeep. (Photo: David Horsey)

Travelers go on safari to see wild animals up close, but something tells us these vacationers got more than they bargained for.

On June 12, tourist Mickey McCaldin found himself face-to-face with a cheetah when the large cat calmly hopped into the backseat of his jeep during a visit to the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya.

The moment was capture on camera by McCaldin’s friend David Horsey, who was sitting across from him. “At first Mickey was really relaxed but I think he was quite concerned it might try and sit in his lap,” Horsey told the Daily Mail. “Unlike a domestic cat, you certainly don’t want that.”

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The tourists were surprised by a family of cheetahs during a trip to the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya. (Photo: David Horsey)

The curious cat is part of a family of cheetahs that is well-known in the area. According to Horsey, the group had been following the cheetahs for a few days, and eventually the mother named Malaika jumped on top of the jeep to get a better view. The curious cat followed suit, but ended up next to McCaldin instead.

“Once it had got bored of Mickey it turned away and looked out of the vehicle for a few minutes,” said Horsey. “It just jumped out afterwards.”

Horsey and his wife have lived in Kenya for decades and are used to seeing wild animals up close. Still, he admits that this situation was one for the books.

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

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