Cheetahs Jump Into Tour Vehicle Full of Tourists [VIDEO]

A screengrab of cheetahs inside a tour van in Kenya
A screengrab of cheetahs inside a tour van in Kenya

Tourists visiting a national park in Kenya were left in astonishment after a group of cheetahs unexpectedly climbed onto their tour vehicle.

A viral video depicted the tourists in a vehicle at a game reserve in Kenya when the cheetahs hopped on the car, causing bewilderment among the passengers.

The video depicted the 6 cheetahs nonchalantly jumping on different parts of the cruiser including the sunroof and the bonnet before one of them made its way to the passenger section.

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Nonetheless, despite the situation, both the tourists and the driver remained unbelievably calm with some of the visitors recording the incident on their iPads and mobile phones.

Attempting to find a solution to the matter, the driver who was composed throughout the situation, slowly started driving to force the cheetahs off the vehicle.

The video elicited mixed reactions among Kenyans with some terming it a surreal experience.

Others shared how they would likely react if they were caught in a similar situation.

"Why are they so calm? I would be outside running and screaming," one social media user commented.

Others pointed out that cheetahs, despite the prevailing common belief, are not hostile towards human beings.

According to Global Vision International, a nonprofit organisation, cheetahs are not an active threat to humans.

"They are rather docile compared to other wild cats. But cheetahs are still animals, and you should never attempt to touch a wild one," reads an advisory on the organisation's website.

The whole episode also reignited the confusion amongst a section of Kenyans on how to distinguish between cheetahs and leopards.

Cheetahs are swift with a sleek body and distinctive tear marks on their faces. 

Leopards are robust, have a more powerful build, and sport rosette-shaped spots. 

Cheetahs thrive in open plains; leopards adapt to various habitats.

A collage of a cheetah (left) and a leopard (right) at different game parks
A collage of a cheetah (left) and a leopard (right) at different game parks
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