|Subject: REALLY CLOSE Encounter with CHEETAHS|
A curious Cheetah got up close and personal with a holidaymaker on safari at the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya, when the animal jumped into the back seat. The wild cat, with its razor sharp claws and teeth, sure is one kitty you'd rather not have curling up on your lap. But,nevertheless, the bold animal hopped in much to the shock of an Irishman inside.
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.
At first, the cheetah simply looked at Mickey curiously, but then it moved closer as if to curl up on his lap!
Family friend, David Horsey, captured the tense standoff between the pair, including the moment that the animal leapt into the safari vehicle. The cheeky cheetah and his family casually lounged atop the group's Toyota Land Cruiser!
David captured the pictures on June 12, as the group tracked a well-known family of cheetahs, whose mother is called Malaika. Having followed them for a couple of days previously, they observed that the family hadn't had a kill for several days. David said: 'The family had been looking for a gazelle for a few days with no luck. As we'd been around for a couple of days, I think they were used to us so the mum jumped on top to get a better view. 'I think the other cheetah tried to follow her up but went a different way. 'Once it had got bored of Mickey it turned away and looked out of the vehicle for a few minutes. 'It just jumped out afterwards.'
Photographer David, 62 from Mombasa, Kenya, said: 'I've been living in Kenya all my life and I've never seen anything like this'