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KENYA CHEETAH PHOTOS © DAVID HORSEY - CATERS NEWS | Coastweek

KENYA CHEETAH PHOTOS © DAVID HORSEY - CATERS NEWS

 

KENYA CHEETAH PHOTOS © DAVID HORSEY - CATERS NEWS | Coastweek

KENYA CHEETAH PHOTOS © DAVID HORSEY - CATERS NEWS

 

KENYA CHEETAH PHOTOS © DAVID HORSEY - CATERS NEWS | Coastweek

KENYA CHEETAH PHOTOS © DAVID HORSEY - CATERS NEWS

 

KENYA CHEETAH PHOTOS © DAVID HORSEY - CATERS NEWS | Coastweek

KENYA CHEETAH PHOTOS © DAVID HORSEY - CATERS NEWS

 

KENYA CHEETAH PHOTOS © DAVID HORSEY - CATERS NEWS | Coastweek

KENYA CHEETAH PHOTOS © DAVID HORSEY - CATERS NEWS

 

KENYA CHEETAH PHOTOS © DAVID HORSEY - CATERS NEWS | Coastweek

David Horsey: "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. The cheetah simply looked at Irish tourist Mickey McCaldin curiously, but then it moved closer as if to curl up on his lap. 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. At one point, the large cat was so close to Mickey that it was only about a foot away from his face". Family friend David Horsey captured the tense standoff between the pair, including the moment that the animal leapt into the safari jeep. Making himself comfortable: The cheeky cheetah and his family casually lounged atop the group's Land Cruiser jeep. David captured the pictures as the group tracked a well-known family of cheetahs, whose mother is called 'Malaika'. KENYA CHEETAH PHOTOS © DAVID HORSEY - CATERS NEWS

 

Cheetah in my lap: Kenya Safaris never stops surprising you!
 
NEW DELHI India -- Kenya Safari never stops surprising you, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.

Like this extraordinary photo sequence of a wild - yet now obviously comfortable with tourists - cheetah family.

One large feline even climbed into the passenger seating.

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."

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

At one point, the large cat was so close to Mickey that it was only about a foot away from his face.

Family friend David Horsey captured the tense standoff between the pair, including the moment that the animal leapt into the safari jeep

The cheeky cheetah and his family casually lounged atop the group's Land Cruiser jeep

David captured the pictures 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 the jeep 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.'

The group was a bit nervous after learning that the cheetah family hadn't had a kill for several days and were likely hungry

David explained: 'I think they were used to the jeep so the mum jumped on top to get a better view'

Surprise of their lives!

The safari group was comprised of a guide, as well as Mickey, his wife, sister, photographer David and David's wife, Vicky.
.

Mickey was out on holiday with his wife and sister, who are friends of David and his wife Vicky.

David said: "Me and Vicky have lived in Kenya all our lives but we never feel the urge to leave.

"People always ask us where we're going on holiday and it's always around the game reserves.

"You never know what you're going to come across - just like this.'

 
 

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