Friday, 10 July 2015

NEWSLINK: Cheetahs hop aboard vehicle and get up close and personal with tourists in Kenya

5 HOURS AGO JULY 10, 2015 3:32PM

SILLY or brave? This tourist got a little more than he bargained for while on safari in Kenya.

With its razor sharp claws and teeth, this is one moggy you certainly don’t want curling up in your lap.

The bold big cat jumped into the back seat of the jeep as it drove through the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya.

Slowly it sauntered over to where Irish tourist Mickey McCaldin until it was barely a foot away from his face.

Cheetahs are seen as being the less threatening member of the big cat family, although attacks aren’t unheard of. Adam Sandler was the victim of a threatening cheetah attackin 2013.

Scottish tourist Violet D’Mello was also attacked by a cheetah back in 2012 in Kragga Kamma game reserve in South Africa. And in this case the big cats were hand reared, not wild.

“I just remember … something biting my head and dragging me down,” D’Mello said of the attack.

In her case, the attack lasted three minutes, and injuries included cuts to the face, one which was dangerously close to her eye.

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