Lonely Planet Writer

Poolside petting: Kiwi’s run-in with cheetah in South Africa

A holidaymaker from Auckland has posted a video of himself petting a cheetah while still in his lodge’s swimming pool at Tshukudu Game Reserve, South Africa.

Poley pets the hand-reared feline. Image by Screengrab via YouTube
Poley pets the hand-reared feline. Image by Screengrab via YouTube

Gareth Poley was enjoying a swim when the feline arrived at the side of the pool for a drink. After a moment of hesitation, Poley approached the big cat, and following a few strokes of its spotted coat he even cupped water in his hands for the cheetah to drink from. The feline, which was hand reared by a local ranger, has been described as ‘friendly’. Watch the video: youtube.com