Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The wildcat that got too close for comfort

This curious cat got up close and personal with a tourist while on safari at the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya.
The wild cat, with its razor sharp claws and teeth, sure is one moggy you'd rather not have curling up on your lap.
But, nevertheless, the bold animal hopped into the back seat of a jeep as it drove through the African plains - much to the shock of an Irishman inside.

Description:                                                  Description: A curious                                                  wild cat got up close                                                  and personal with a                                                  holidaymaker on safari                                                  in Kenya when the animal                                                  jumped into the back                                                  seat of a jeep
A curious wild cat got up close and personal with a holidaymaker on safari in Kenya when the animal jumped into the back seat of a jeep
After entering the vehicle, it slowly sauntered over to holidaymaker Mickey McCaldin until it was barely a foot away from his face.
Family friend David Horsey captured the tense standoff between the pair as it looked like the cheetah was going to make himself comfortable on Mickey's lap.
David, 62 from Mombasa, Kenya, said: 'I've been living in Kenya all my life and I've never seen anything like this.
'The cheetah just wasn't scared of getting up close and personal. At first Mickey was really relaxed but I think he was quite concerned it might try and sit in his lap.
'Unlike a domestic cat, you certainly don't want that.'
Description:                                                  Description: At first,                                                  the cheetah simply                                                  looked at Irish tourist                                                  Mickey McCaldin                                                  curiously, but then it                                                  moved closer as if to                                                  curl up on his lap
Description:                                                  Description: At one                                                  point, the large cat was                                                  so close to Mickey that                                                  it was only about a foot                                                  away from his face
Description:                                                  Description: Family                                                  friend David Horsey                                                  captured the tense                                                  standoff between the                                                  pair, including the                                                  moment that the animal                                                  lept into the safari                                                  jeep
Description:                                                  Description: Making                                                  himself comfortable: The                                                  cheeky cheetah and his                                                  family casually lounged                                                  atop the group's Land                                                  Cruiser jeep


Description:                                                  Description:                                                  Photographer David, 62                                                  from Mombasa, Kenya,                                                  said: 'I've been living                                                  in Kenya all my life and                                                  I've never seen anything                                                  like this'
Description:                                                  Description: Incredibly                                                  close up photos were                                                  taken of a cheetah and                                                  his family in Kenya on                                                  June 12.
Description:                                                  Description: A group of                                                  tourists had been                                                  tracking the cheetahs                                                  for several days,                                                  including the clan's                                                  well-known mother,                                                  Malaika.
Description:                                                  Description: The group                                                  was a bit nervous after                                                  learning that the                                                  cheetah family hadn't                                                  had a kill for several                                                  days and were likely                                                  hungry
Description:                                                  Description: A family of                                                  cheetah's perched atop a                                                  Land Rover in Kenya's                                                  Masai Mara.
Description:                                                  Description: However,                                                  one particularly curious                                                  cheetah decided to jump                                                  inside the safari                                                  vehicle.
Description:                                                  Description: While at                                                  first Mickey was quite                                                  relaxed, the group                                                  quickly became concerned                                                  that the cat may decide                                                  to snuggle up next to                                                  him
Description:                                                  Description: A group of                                                  cheetah's made                                                  themselves comfortable                                                  on - and inside - a                                                  tourist's safari jeep in                                                  Kenya.
Description:                                                  Description: Once the                                                  cheetah, who had climbed                                                  inside, grew sick of                                                  looking at the tourists,                                                  he hopped back out.

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