Safari parks have signs strongly warning visitors not to exit their cars for obvious reasons. A family visiting the Beekse Bergen Safari Park in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands ignored those warnings to take photos of a group of cheetahs and very nearly paid dearly for the poor decision.
A group of people in a separate car filmed the family leaving their vehicle twice to get closer to the cheetahs and take photos. The first time, nothing happened, but the second time, a group of cheetahs began to stalk and chase the family, resulting in a tense standoff as the people tried to retreat to their vehicle, with one of the animals continue to threaten them. It appears that same cheetah was preparing to pounce on the small child when the mother picked them up; Niels de Wildt, the park manager, confirmed that the animals likely saw the child as prey and noted how lucky the family was to have escaped, admonishing visitors to respect the park rules and signs that tell them to stay in their vehicles with windows and doors closed at all times.
Lead image by Kevin Pluck, used under Creative Commons.