It was just another safari in Kenya, when the cheetah the tourists had spotted, decided to hitch a ride.
Thus began 45 minutes of eye to eye contact only a foot or two from the cheetah.
When the cheetah leaped up, the safari guide told the tourists exactly what not to do...including not to move.
For her, the vehicle was just a perch with a view so she could scan for prey.
After 45 minutes, the guide started the engine... And seconds later, Rita the cheetah stood up.... And walked away.
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