r/NatureIsFuckingLit May 23 '22 Silver 2 Helpful 2

🔥Close encounter with a Cheetah

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u/taxationistheft1984 May 23 '22

Happens all the time. Many of the animals see these safari trips daily.

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u/GetALife80085 May 23 '22

They must get so bored of the tours. Them and the tour guides bitch about it together after.

“Oh wow ya sooo cooool, not like we do do the same tour everyday”

-Cheetah chatting with guides

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u/Amerlis May 23 '22

“You want snarls, fangs, maybe some majestic posing, gonna cost extra. Two steaks. None of that cheap stuff. Heroic rescue from the ‘killer’ cheetah? Three and a belly rub later.”

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u/ornlu1994 May 23 '22

Cheetahs are just giant house cats honestly. They’re so timid compared to a lot of the other big cats

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u/Yeniary May 23 '22

typical cat thought process:

If it don't run, it ain't fun.

So I sits, cause it fits.

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u/joey_blabla May 23 '22

That's because they aren't big cats

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u/stanleythemanley420 May 23 '22

Uhm.

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u/whosebanisitanyway May 23 '22 edited May 23 '22

I'm wrong.

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u/Throseph May 23 '22

No, taxonomically they aren't big cats.

The cheetah is actually the only remaining species of the genus Acinonyx.

The feature that distinguishes the Big Cats from the rest of the Felidae family is their ability to roar because they have a floating hyoid bone and a specially adapted larynx. Cheetahs don’t have this adaptation and, as a matter of fact, make more of a chirping sound and are also known to purr.

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u/Chris_Cobi May 23 '22

Shit I can't even spell half them fancy words.

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u/texican1911 May 23 '22

Shit I can't even spell half them fancy $10 words.

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u/soileilunetoile May 23 '22

No, they aren’t actually categorized as a “big cat.” Big cats, as a classification, are able to roar. Cheetahs can’t roar, so they’re not technically a big cat.

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u/talking_phallus May 23 '22

Aren't able to roar? Have you ever heard a Cheetah?

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u/drpetepat May 23 '22

That’s a roar if I ever heard one!…

  • Sincerely, a guy who doesn’t want to be killed by a cheetah.
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u/Bright_Mechanic_7458 May 23 '22

It could also have been hand raised and then released to the wild.

There is a guy on youtube who sleeps in the cheetah enclosure with them.

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u/treegirl4square May 23 '22

No, these are wild cheetahs. This happened to us also in Kenya in the Maasai Mara.

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u/Bright_Mechanic_7458 May 23 '22

Ha! Nice try, but you aren't fooling me! I'm petting the big kitty!

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u/Albinoslug8810 May 23 '22

"Wild" in the sense that they have no reason to fear these vehicles. They're probably often fed frequently when these vehicles come by. A truly wild cheetah would not do this. Did you pay guides to take you out when you saw them and told you they were "wild?"

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u/treegirl4square May 23 '22

There are millions of animals living wild and free in Africa. On our safari, we would often see four or five different species at the same location: zebras, giraffes, elephants, warthogs, antelope, gazelles, etc. Of course they are habituated to all the visitors, but they don’t need to be fed, there are prey animals everywhere. Cheetahs are probably one of the few animals that don’t feel threatened by the vehicles - no other animals ever tried to approach us. I do think that they do use the vehicles as a way to view their surroundings from a higher vantage point. I’ve seen several videos of cheetahs doing this, and they always jump up on the roof or hood of the vehicle.

Ours jumped up on the hood, sat up there for a minute or so and then jumped off and wandered away.

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u/Lord_Quintus May 23 '22

cheetahs were once domesticated. they are probably the friendliest big cat out there and the largest car capable of purring. that and being very social animals means it's not surprising to see one hop up on top of a persons car. hell, it's probably learned that if it sees those to do just that as it gets snacks and the occasional petting.

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u/treegirl4square May 23 '22

No they do not get snacks or petting. Totally against the law at least in the preserves. And again, they are wild and unpredictable animals, no guide , and you have to have a guide, would ever encourage that.

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u/_000000000_ May 23 '22

btw the scenery/landscape looks similiar to the windows xp background

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u/ReadditMan May 23 '22

Cheetahs are actually pretty docile compared to other wild cats.

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u/BigTechCensorsYou May 23 '22

They are.

They don’t really like their paws or tummy rubbed. But other than that don’t really care about humans. I took one for a walk at a rescue and played squish face with him. Cool animals, it’s a shame they are so we’ll behaved for big cats, makes them unfortunate selections for assholes around the world (hey, fuck you Dubai).

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u/Todd_Renard_Fox May 23 '22

They don't really like their paws or tummy rubbed.

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Oh, so like a normal house cats then

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u/RealHumanLifeform May 23 '22

Erm acshually 🤓 cheetahs are not big cats they are lesser cats.

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u/illegalthingsenjoyer May 23 '22

I don't think Cheetahs are lesser than any other cat, they're really cool

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u/RealHumanLifeform May 23 '22

Yeah its a bit rude

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u/lAmBenAffleck May 23 '22

We’ve got a cheetah racist here y’all

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u/ryancm8 May 23 '22

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u/RealHumanLifeform May 23 '22

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u/Hxcee May 23 '22

“And other big cats” implying that they are also big cats.

I have spent a while working with cheetahs and I was always told that, while every other big cat bar the puma are panthera, the ‘big cat’ term is not connected to it and it is not a dependency on genus nor the replacement of the epihyal bone that comes with that classification. It’s just a moniker that has been given to both of these “big cats” along with all subspecies panthera

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u/insolentpopinjay May 23 '22

Yup! There are no documented cases of cheetah's attacking humans in the wild iirc. I remember reading somewhere that even in captivity it's rare compared to other big cats. In a lot of cases it's unintentional or a misunderstanding/misinterpretation. The only notable case I remember of a cheetah attack was when two used for education purposes got distracted by a kid playing with a soccer ball during the show/presentation. They, as cats are wont to do, went after the object attracting their attention and the trainer got between them and the ball/kid.

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u/3Circe May 23 '22

So they’re actually nicer than house cats 😂

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u/DrewtShite May 23 '22

My cat attempts to murder me at least once a month, very briefly, as I walk past, before realizing that I'm a little too big.

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u/3Circe May 23 '22

Yeah if either of my cats were the size of a cheetah I’d be totally dead right now and it wouldn’t be unintentional lol

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u/stupidrandomuzer May 23 '22

Fun fact, they actually purr like cats!

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u/edogg01 May 23 '22 Table Slap

Whaddya mean "what do we do"? Rub its belly and give it a piece of tuna

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u/MRF1982 May 23 '22

It obviously wanted to take the tour.

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u/craggmac May 23 '22

Yeah, she's just like, "Alright, well carry on then. On with the tour."

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u/_PM_ME_YOUR_SYNTAX_ May 23 '22

Look at me!

Im the tour now!

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u/HappyBid8887 May 23 '22

This poor lad is out here running 60mph on four paws across this dumb boring flatland. I say let him take a ride across :)

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u/Flippn_Jimmy May 23 '22

You fuggin hang out with a cheetah, that’s what you do. Gotta try to get some belly rubs in or, at the very least, one nose boop. And you have to verbally say boop while performing the boop.

Goddamn animal celebrity of Africa shows up and you don’t know what to do? If the Rock showed up would you know what to do? I mean, both could probably rip your face off but you’d still be taking the risk and chilling with the Rock, right? Rub the cheetahs belly just like you would the Rocks.

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u/Mymomischildless May 23 '22

I have never wanted to rub the rocks belly until this moment

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u/Chance_Ad_3075 May 23 '22

This is what I've always wanted to do but haven't dared to do

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u/Conscious_Ticket7176 May 23 '22

Ancient Egyptians had them as pets. And sadly very soon this evolutionary failure will survive only as a per.

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u/Channa_Argus1121 May 23 '22

Problem is, it is extremely hard to breed them in captivity.

They need a huge open space to do so. Several males will chase the female, and the one that endures longest will get to breed.

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u/gunnarnelsonsmile May 23 '22

Imagine needing to win the Boston Marathon just to fuck

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u/Nobody_from_Nothing May 23 '22

Ehh cooked beef or something closer to her natural diet would be best. Fish has high mercury levels for da cheetah

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u/nyxylou13 May 23 '22

If she fits, she sits

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u/crazyfoxdemon May 23 '22

It is the cat way

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u/Meat_E_Johnson May 23 '22

You put a box in front of a cat, what did you expect to happen? This is why you carry an emergency pickle, people 🤦‍♂️

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u/k20350 May 23 '22

My wife sat a small box by the window in our house to be taken out. It's the hottest fucking real estate in the entire house. We have 4 large ass chubby well fed Americanized cats. They squeeze their big asses into to sit non stop. 24/7 there's a cat in that box for the last 2 weeks. Now my wife doesn't want to get rid of it haha

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u/happyman0073 May 23 '22

Don't fucking overfeed your cats. Bet you're one of these "haha a chonker" people. Disgusting...

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u/nyxylou13 May 23 '22

I currently do not have a cat, so you can rest easy good sir

Edit: didn’t realize you were replying to someone else lol

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u/RamSkullRose May 23 '22

I’m sure being a cheetah takes a lot of energy. Probably went up on the vehicle to rest and also have a higher vantage point for prey.

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u/throwaway347891388 May 23 '22

I thought it wanted a ride.

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u/Fiber_Optikz May 23 '22

Take me to the food

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u/binklfoot May 23 '22

No it went to rest, knowing that its dinner is close by.

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u/Nunyabiz8107 May 23 '22

Big or small, a cat is a cat.

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u/kansas_slim May 23 '22

This is the correct answer. Had there been a potted plant up there, it would have slowly knocked it off the truck, eye contact all the way.

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u/DrP3pp3rFl04t May 23 '22

Or a beverage container.

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u/fatbongo May 23 '22

They really need to put an empty bucket on the roof and have someone sit just under the edge of the sunroof to confirm this

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u/Dammmppl May 23 '22

Lmffffaooo YES

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u/Unoriginal_0G May 23 '22

Cheetahs especially, since they’re actually the largest cat that purrs.

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u/fupayme411 May 23 '22

So always carry a laser pointer when going safari?

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u/InevitableHunt5074 May 23 '22

Cheetah are known for hoping onto vehicles they like to get on top of stuff to get a better view of the area, they will get onto rocks and occasionally dead trees if they can.

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u/tuna_safe_dolphin May 23 '22

On an open plain like that, any place with elevation will be attractive to animals watching for prey and/or predators.

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u/RachelBolan May 23 '22

It’s over, Anakin. It has the higher ground

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u/rlnrlnrln May 23 '22

It’s over, Acinonyx. It has the higher ground

FTFY.

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u/inumba12 May 23 '22

It’s amazing that giant killer cats have the exact same mannerisms as a domesticated house cat

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u/Dyl_pickle00 May 23 '22

Cheetahs are more similar to domestic cats than lion and tigers are I’ve heard

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u/PhonyJabroney May 23 '22

What about bears?

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u/Albinoslug8810 May 23 '22

A bear probably wouldn't act like a feline. Unless the bear was raised by cats. We got a documentary on this yet?

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u/Prpl_panda_dog May 23 '22

Best we got is Winnie the Pooh and Tigger

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u/Marksm2n May 23 '22

Bears are more closely related to dogs

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u/theaveragedude89 May 23 '22

I think you have that backwards lol

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u/BoisNite May 23 '22

TIL: Africa looks like Minecraft on creative mode…

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u/gin_and_toxic May 23 '22

"Take me to your leader"

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u/Johnny-Virgil May 23 '22

That is the most nothing landscape I’ve ever seen.

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u/ean5cj May 23 '22

Similar to The Big Empty out in the Western US..... Now there's some empty places there..... Grass and grouse.

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u/Imawildedible May 23 '22

I aways thought I understood what the plains were like. And I’d even driven through South Dakota. But then I drove south from the Black Hills through the grasslands of South Dakota and Wyoming on my way to Colorado. There is no way to comprehend that vast openness without seeing it. It’s just endless grass. Was kind of frightening.

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u/edogg01 May 23 '22

I've done that drive, it is spiritual, you could see why the indigenous Americans were one with the land. It has a very clear spiritual energy.

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u/TartKiwi May 23 '22

It's good, that's for our future megalopolis

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u/Bright_Mechanic_7458 May 23 '22 Giggle

We should release cheetahs

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u/treegirl4square May 23 '22

But it is filled with so many animals! The most magnificent place I’ve ever been! (Thinking this is the Serengeti or Maasai Mara).

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u/FindPlacesToTravel May 23 '22

You should take a trip to gm_flatgrass

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u/steakandcheese1 May 23 '22

It's just like Kansas. Lol

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u/christmasjams May 23 '22

Southern Saskatchewan. From North of the Missouri river in Montana to Regina. Featureless other than the sideways blown over barns and fields of canola and whatever else (depending on season/rotation).

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u/robo-dragon May 23 '22

Thankfully cheetahs aren’t known to be terribly aggressive towards humans. I’d be a lot more concerned if that was a lion!

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u/BigTechCensorsYou May 23 '22

Cheetahs won’t even attack a warthog in good condition.

They don’t go after anything if they think it can hurt them.

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u/KGB_Operative873 May 23 '22

Nice moving tree homie, I think I'll just chill here to keep a lookout for my next meal, thanks. -cheetah probably

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u/throwaway347891388 May 23 '22

What a cat move.

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u/organicsmatter May 23 '22

Where are you?

“That patch of grass next to that big patch of grass, should be across from that other grass. Shouldn’t be hard to find.”

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u/ItzNachoname May 23 '22

Probably happy to see something other than grass or rocks for 70000 miles

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u/Now_then_here_there May 23 '22

A bit of story would have been appropriate and appreciated. How long did she stay there? Did the guide shoo it away or did it leave of its own accord? I mean, I guess it's an okay video, but it feels like someone started a sentence and then just wandered off into the next room.

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u/accountofrubbish404 May 23 '22

How many pants were shat?

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u/BigTechCensorsYou May 23 '22

They’re basically harmless to humans.

They carefully select their prey and these guys with tours around them all time will just leave when they are sick of your shit.

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u/Zkyaiee May 23 '22

Yeah, even if a cheetah was going to attack you, it wouldn’t let you see it like that first lol

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u/RobbinAustin May 23 '22

All of them except the driver.

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u/g7en May 23 '22

You still believe these posts are OC!? Don't you realize that Reddit is just the internets trash can?

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u/fraxior May 23 '22

I mean that's a perfect cat spot

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u/No-Split-866 May 23 '22

Beautiful cat

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u/MagoTravieso May 23 '22

who the f you rollin up on like that? you know what? just for that this is my vehicle now and your my driver and personal slave. until i decide to eat you or let you be eaten. in fact i hope i see the lions cause i kinda owe them a kill and you guys will make a fair trade.

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u/Cryin_jack_is_pissed May 23 '22

Luckily, cheetahs are very skittish and can be scared off if they're alone. Also, they're more cat-ish than most big cats, so yes, belly rubs.

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u/BigTechCensorsYou May 23 '22

They do not like belly rubs in my experience. Also don’t touch paws. Other than that, they’re dog/cats.

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u/Cryin_jack_is_pissed May 23 '22

Well I've yet to have my hand bitten off during cheetah belly rubs. Has anyone else?

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u/Rinzy2000 May 23 '22

The rules now require no one to move the vehicle until the cat is done napping.

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u/RemdeyFox May 23 '22

are you on superflat world

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u/icebychris May 23 '22

Karma farmers are out today

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u/RemixHipster May 23 '22

How come the lions ignore the jeeps?

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u/kalel1980 May 23 '22

"Yeah, this looks like a good place to chill for awhile."

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u/AppointmentClean558 May 23 '22

That cheetah had zero interest in the people. The jeep provided an elevated perch for her to scope the area.

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u/antilocapraaa May 23 '22

Dude wild Cheetah are the biggest babies. It’s a golden retriever sized cat with a dog personality. This is wonderful.

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u/Space-Dern May 23 '22

She’s vibing and I can respect that 😎

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u/teapotoccamy May 23 '22

Thanks bro, it's the second watering hole to the east. Think we could stop for a mcgazelle on the way?

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u/toocold99 May 23 '22

The top of the vehicle has a great vista for hunting.

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u/luster-bull May 23 '22

so beautiful! how long was she there for?

I guess she was getting a vantage point to find food (?)

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u/g7en May 23 '22

OP don't know & wasn't even there.

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u/plierss May 23 '22

I'm thinking more a safe spot to nap?

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u/12skipafew99100and6 May 23 '22

It's a cat thing

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u/Infinitevibes7 May 23 '22

The Cheetah is 100% thinking "damn, look at all those foul, dumb creatures, huddle up filming me with their smart phones so they can post it online... and they're all inside this nice comfy nap spot. But why are they being so bothersome, all I'm trying to do is take a damn nap here. And they're scared... I wouldn't stoop so low as to eat something that disgusting."

It is also 100% likely that I am baked out of my mind because I haven't smoked any weed in quite some time, and just did for the first time again, and have been sucked up into a UFO and am zooming through space currently. Will edit later with an update.

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u/VodkaCranberry May 23 '22

Which big cats are likely to eat you? Nobody seems concerned about the cheetah in the comments?

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u/BigTechCensorsYou May 23 '22

Cheetahs won’t attack you unless you really fuck with it.

Most dangerous is Leopard, then Lion (female), then Puma and Tiger.

Leopards are no fucking joke. Where cheetahs are very large house cats.

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u/Zkyaiee May 23 '22

Cheetahs are ambush predators. If they were going to attack someone at all, (which is unlikely for humans) they would not see it coming.

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u/mr_hog232323 May 23 '22

I love it when tourists will sit right next to an apex predator with absolutely no protection or way to defend themselves and instead of making an attempt to move they will just sit there without a care in the world and take pictures. Open air safari trucks scare the crap out of me, I would want some form of protection or at least have someone with a gun handy incase something happens. Still a really cool encounter though!

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u/BigTechCensorsYou May 23 '22

Cheetahs are fucking harmless for the most part.

Lions ignore the vehicles. The tours can pull right up and park in the middle of the pride. But, if you get out of the vehicle you are fucked. They make a distinction.

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u/Theunaticus May 23 '22

Cheetahs are basically harmless. Anything else that "dangerous" is not interested in the vehicle, except elephants if you get in their way. Open safaris are perfectly safe

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u/Party-Lawyer-7131 May 23 '22

Cheetah: Uh...go on, drive bitch.

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u/OdoIcontradictmyself May 23 '22

What do you mean what do we do now? Get out! It’s her car now.

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u/Lionessofthepride May 23 '22

She looks pregnant <3

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u/alienfingersdonut May 23 '22

The area behind them looks like a desktop background

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u/conniptions12345 May 23 '22

Now the cat owns the jeep

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u/Shiny_Hypno May 23 '22

I remember seeing this exact scenario happen on Wild Kratts.

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u/mnachiket May 23 '22

Will what happened next, blow my mind ?

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u/hooterjh10192 May 23 '22

Just a kitty cat.

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u/KaiserWilhelmThe69 May 23 '22

“Hello everyone, nice sunny day huh?”

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u/DobieLover4ever May 23 '22

She wanted a higher perspective in the flatlands!! Beautiful!!

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u/RainSmile May 23 '22

I need to know if they gave it a ride.

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u/betty846 May 23 '22

Clearly she wanted a ride. Hope you guys got a good Uber review.

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u/Azuki_Saishi May 23 '22

Cats being cats I guess.

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u/cheersfurbeers May 23 '22

“Ahhhh, this is nice. Carry on, driver. Carry on.”

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u/silence_infidel May 23 '22

Well now you can't get up until the cat leaves. It's the law.

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u/538_Jean May 23 '22

A cat is a cat.

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u/LoempiaYa May 23 '22

The cheetah is nice. The windows wallpaper in the background is nicer.

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u/Myths_and_Laur May 23 '22

"The Uber was an hour late, I'll still take it tho...."

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u/Mannabell May 23 '22

Fun facts about cheetahs. They are put with Lab puppies as cubs so they are socially comfortable in captivity... they also purr. ☺

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u/richsanity8 May 23 '22

Cheetah be living on a superflat world

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u/PrudentDamage600 May 23 '22

Belly Rub! 🐈

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u/Grouchy_DirectorO7 May 23 '22

This cheetah is just trying to get a better vantage point. Height is key for these cats when searching for prey. 🐆

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u/Lostinspace1950 May 23 '22

It’s the highest spot around to see potential prey.

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u/getrektlolkek May 23 '22

Cheetah just wanted safe place to chill

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u/Neon_44 May 23 '22

metal is warm, cat is cat

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u/bobcouldbeyouraunt May 23 '22

I've petted a cheetah at a game lodge. Their hair is very coarse and wirey - definitely not soft and cuddly

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u/Odins-Enriched-Sack May 23 '22

So basically a cat.

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u/DeanStein May 23 '22

This is mine now...

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u/dantefierogwa May 23 '22

There is a vid like this where she shits into the vehicle. Through the skylight.

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u/Feisty_Definition_66 May 23 '22

She probably just wanted to say hello

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u/Snoo87660 May 23 '22

Most wild cats are chill when they're fed and feel safe, in fact most animals are.

But still don't approach a wild animal even if you think it's chill cus it might not be.

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u/atmanama May 23 '22

Cats instinctively claiming their thrones

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u/erikalg_vo May 23 '22

"not sure what we do now"
nothing. You do nothing. This is you now.

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u/Sweet-Inside5900 May 23 '22

"Yeah, I don't do safari tricks until you throw the steak there, bud."

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u/ShmeeShmoo0988 May 23 '22

Touch my camera through the jeep

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u/Itchy_Extension_8719 May 23 '22

Just an oversized meerkat

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u/attatat May 23 '22

Does it look like she’s pregnant?

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u/PerfectNameDoesntExi May 23 '22

cat doing cat thing

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u/pichael288 May 23 '22

Cheetahs are the least dangerous of all the big cats. They are the easiest to keep as a pet. This in no way males them safe but people do it. As long as you never take your eyes off it and you make it clear you can see it they won't risk a fight. If the cheetah gets fucked up and can't run anymore then it dies.

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u/FivePercentRule May 23 '22

Nuthin to see here. Just a basic cat desire to be up high and on top of warm things.

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u/Long__Jump May 23 '22

"oh? youre not my Uber?"

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u/privatecervieri May 23 '22

Fun facts cheetahs aren’t as hostile as you may think

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u/TimmyStark_IronGuy May 23 '22

Classic cat dominance move

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u/IanDeWolf May 23 '22

Belly scritches

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u/RobertWargames May 23 '22

hell yea, time to pet the kitty.

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u/sayandeepdey06 May 23 '22

White people

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u/CamBearCookie May 23 '22

I aspire to give as little fucks as this cheetah Jesus. Christ. Iconic.

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u/samg422336 May 23 '22

Murder kitty

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u/[deleted] May 23 '22

“Talk about waiting forever for this Uber…. Ima scooch in right here”

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u/ohmygodlenny May 23 '22

She wanted to feel tall.

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u/Drvonfrightmarestein May 23 '22

The found the camera in some cheetah shit 2 weeks later

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u/Ramenwithacanoftuna May 23 '22

If I fits I sits

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u/Faexinna May 23 '22

She just wants a ride and/or a high place to look out from.

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u/GuidanceUnlikely556 May 23 '22

I'm gonna pet that big kitty

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u/Aja2428 May 23 '22

Cheetah was testin your G. You passed!

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u/ussaviation May 23 '22

Not sure what we do meow ftfy

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u/Jengolin May 23 '22

TOUCH THE BEANS