Face to Face with Two Cheetahs! Would this Heart-Pumping Experience Bring out Your Fear or Wonder?

I have yet to meet a traveler that doesn’t have an African safari on their list of ‘to-dos’ in the world. Australian Photographer, Bobby-Jo Clow, was on safari in Tanzania when she had an up-close encounter with a pair of baby Cheetahs. The idea of an opportunity to experience the wild up close is so appealing, and then I recall watching lions ripping the throats out of zebras on film, as I watched public television with my dad growing up. So, is ‘close-up’ exciting or frightening while on safari? It probably depends on the person and the outcome. Judge for yourself.

As the Land Rovers drove along, they caught the attention of two cheetah siblings. Cats are all known as curious creatures, and they say curiosity killed the cat, but that seems less likely to be the outcome for cheetahs curious about humans. As a photographer, Clow took full advantage of the rare experience and captured the encounter on film.

 The Cheetah Finds way to car hoodUpon discovering the Land Rovers, the Cheetah starts exploring by jumping up on the hood.

Cheetah on hood of carThe cheetah makes its way along the hood of the vehicle

Cheetah looks at humans through glassHow often is a wild animal on the outside gawking at humans through the glass? 

This Cheetah Found the sunroof

The cheetah discovers the open sunroof!

Cheetah Peek-A-Boo

That is not a friendly look on that cheetahDoes that look like a friendly face to you?  Should they close the roof?

Curious Cheetah Peeks Through SunroofThat looks like a curious baby cheetah. They are so adorable, it would be hard not to reach up and pet them.

Cheetah Look-outIt seems the cheetah found a perch, and made itself comfortable.

Cheetah looking out at the view from top of safari carThe curiosity for the humans inside has passed, and the cheetah looks out at the view from the top of the Land Rover.

Cheetahs are the only big cats that purr, though few humans ever get close enough to hear it. I wonder if this experience made these young cheetahs purr. The photographers stayed in the vehicle, as cheetahs are wild animals and their mother was likely close by. Cheetahs are beautiful creatures, and can run at speeds up to 70 miles per hour. They also tend to be very shy, so this photographer and others in her safari group were lucky to have this rare and thrilling experience. Lucky for us, they captured it on film to share it with us, and now we can share it with others.

Photographer Bobby-Jo Clow

What do you think?

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