‘So wrong in so many ways!’ Footage of tourist swiping at a cheetah with his camera after it climbed on to safari jeep is slammed as ‘cruel’
- Footage of a tourist attempting to scare away two cheetahs has been slammed
- The curious big cats were filmed after they climbed the side of a safari jeep
- An unidentified man then began ‘shooing’ and thrusting his camera at them
- Man, guide and driver have been roundly criticised for handling of the situation
A photographer who was filmed ‘shooing’ and swiping at a curious cheetah who climbed aboard his tourist jeep has been slammed online.
The video, which was uploaded to the Wonders of Africa Instagram page, showed two cheetahs poking their heads above the side of the vehicle – before the unidentified man began thrusting his camera at them.
The confused animals ducked back before snarling at the man, who continued to flap at the cheetah.
The video, which was uploaded to the Wonders of Africa Instagram page, shows two cheetahs poking their heads above the side of the vehicle – before the unidentified man begins thrusting his camera at them
The incident continued for several seconds before a guide eventually turned the engine on and the big cats slowly backed off.
On social media, the photographer, guide and driver were all roundly criticised for their handling of the situation.
One Instagram user said: ‘Render the moron with the camera unconscious and push him out of the vehicle after removing all of their possessions.
‘Let’s see how they fair against a cheetah, hand to paw, after provoking them by thrusting a telephoto lens in the cheetahs face, why do people like this exist?
The confused animals ducked back before snarling at the man, who continued to flap at them
On Instgram the photographer and guide were criticised for their handling of the situation
Another said: ‘Oh, sure. Antagonize the cheetah. That will end well. The guide should be reported for letting this get this far – to the point they are almost getting in the top of the car.
‘I just went on safari, and no way would a responsible guide let this happen. You can get close while still respecting their space and territory. There is nothing funny about this post.’
Another added: ‘Start your car avoid the animal climbing to the top..let’s avoid this habit, it is changing our big cats in to pets.’
The incident continued for several seconds before a guide eventually turned the engine on and the big cats slowly backed off
The footage has been widely condemned after it was shared on a popular wildlife page
And another said: ‘You’re lucky the cheetah didn’t react to your ‘shoo’. I think the horn would have been a good idea or making sharp high pitch noise.
‘The cheetah must be fairly tame or used to visitors if they were brave enough to climb the truck. But this could be avoided.’
And another added: ‘The man was swiping at the poor creature… his actions were not right at all which no doubt caused the reaction from the cheetah.’