WATCH | Family flee cheetahs after getting out of their car at safari park

14 May 2018 - 14:13 By AFP
A cheetah yawns.
A cheetah yawns.
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A family, including a woman carrying a small child, were chased by cheetahs after getting out of their car in a Dutch wildlife park.

In the video, taken in the Beekse Bergen Safari Park last week, the family are seen fending off two excited cheetahs after safety warnings.

Reminder: Do not leave your car during a safari.

Posted by National Geographic on Friday, 11 May 2018

Identified as French by Dutch media, two members of the family run down a grassy verge back to the car as a cheetah runs past them to join another of the big cats that appears to be chasing the small child.

The woman scoops up the child and heads back to the car followed by another member of the group.

The hair-raising encounter was filmed by Robin de Graaf who was also visiting the park in the south of the country.

“We very nearly saw an entire family torn apart,” the “very shocked” 24-year-old told Dutch NOS public television.

On Friday, his video had been seen more than 2.5 million times.

The management of the park said there were many “very clear” signs telling visitors to stay in their vehicles at all times.

It described the incident as “exceptional”, adding that it fortunately ended well for the family.