Cheetahs eye reckless tourists who get out of car at safari park

Cheetahs eye reckless tourists who get out of car at safari park

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Cheetahs eye reckless tourists who get out of car at safari park

Cheetahs take an interest in ignorant tourists. Photo is a screen grab.

A group of tourists from France inexplicably ignored warnings at a safari park and exited their vehicle twice in close proximity of dangerous cheetahs as two other tourists in the safe confines of their vehicle watched—and videotaped—in utter disbelief.

“We watched in amazement how they ignored our warnings and wanted to picnic with them completely at ease between these dangerous predators,” videographer Robin de Graaf told ViralHog of the encounter at the Beekse Bergen safari park in the Netherlands.

The video shows both encounters with the real idiocy beginning at the 2:10 mark:

Officials at the safari park were unaware of the tourists breaking the rules until viewing the video that shows two men, two women and a child out of the vehicle. At one point, a woman holding the toddler appears to be warning a cheetah to stay away as she heads to the car.

“The cheetahs are on a food schedule so they are not extremely hungry and are not in the hunt,” park manager Niels de Wildt told NOS, the largest news organization in the Netherlands. “In the first instance, they have the same reaction as when someone rings in unexpectedly, they think: ‘Hey, something strange is happening in our territory.’

“But in the end they do respond to the exceptional visit, and these people have been incredibly lucky.”

De Wildt also told NOS that they had no plans to place additional French warning signs. “We would imply that the rules are not clear,” de Wildt told NOS. Warnings are in several languages, incidentally.

In 2012, A 9-year-old boy was bitten on the arm when a similar incident occurred. Upon seeing the cheetah the boy was startled and ran away, prompting the attack.

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