One minute you’re observing a pack of cheetahs from a safe distance on your safari trip, the next one of the wild cats leaps into the backseat of your truck and just hangs there.
That happened to Britton Hayes, the son of KOMO NewsRadio anchor Elisa Jaffe, who managed to combat his fear and record a video of a cheetah who leapt into his truck.
According to KOMO News, Hayes was with a group following three cheetah brothers in Gol Kopjes of the Serengeti when the cat approached.
“We started to notice the cheetahs became curious of the vehicle,” Hayes said. “But it was too late to drive quickly away or anything like that because you don’t want to startle the animals, because that’s when things usually go wrong.”
Per KOMO, “Hayes said his group was focusing on a separate cheetah that had jumped on the hood of their SUV, when the other cheetah jumped in the back seat.”
“One of the cheetahs hopped onto the hood and was sniffing around, so we were all focused on the cheetah on the hood that was looking around,” he said. “While we were all watching the cheetah in the front, one of the brothers had flanked around the back and hopped in back of the vehicle to try and sniff us and make sure that we weren’t a threat.”
According to Hayes, his safari guide “kept me calm and made sure I never made eye contact nor startled the cheetah.”
“Honestly, it was probably one of the scariest moments of my life while it was happening. I felt like I had to clear my mind of any thoughts because from everything you’re told about predators like that, they can sense fear and any sort of discomfort you’re feeling and they’ll react accordingly,” he explained. “I wanted to be as calm and as still as possible to avoid a bad outcome.”
Watch above, via KOMO News.
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