These Humans Are Reminded of Just How Bold Cheetahs Are

an angry female cheetah/crawling leopard/africa safari park
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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: February 14, 2024

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Have you ever gotten out of your car, walked up to your house, and were approached by some animal? Whether that be a snake slithering toward you, a squirrel barreling toward you at full speed, or a raccoon sneakily following you from behind. Regardless of whether we are scared of these animals, having one come at you full speed can be absolutely terrifying. Well, imagine how you’d feel if two cheetahs came charging straight at you! Don’t miss that crazy footage in the video below.

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Booming Cheetah Population in Namibia 

The Instagram video posted above takes us to Namibia on the southwestern coast of Africa. The Angry Animals3 Instagram channel shared this video from those who work closely with this specific cheetah named, Quasa. They share that Namibia has the greatest cheetah population, with 3,500 out of the 7,500 that are left. On further research, the overall population number has dwindled to between 6,500 and 7,000.

Cheetahs Charge Straight At Humans 

As the video begins at the top, we are at a conservation land of some kind. The video channel shares that the cheetah Quasa is orphaned because his mother was shot when he was a cub. And he lives on six acres of land where he can roam free. He’s well taken care of and eats about four pounds of food per day. 

Quasa is off in the distance with another cheetah. Suddenly, they start racing at tremendous speeds of up to 70 miles per hour. As the fastest land animal alive, it’s no wonder that once he got as close to this human filming as possible, we saw all the dirt flying up around him. He had to pump the breaks hard to stop. Lucky for this human, they were familiar to Quasa. Otherwise, who knows what might have happened?

Do Cheetahs Kill People?

Close-up shot of a Northwest African cheetah in the savanna

Cheetahs can weigh up to 140 pounds.

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The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a very calm feline who has a PhD in hiding very well. Whether that be up in a tree or covered by the tall African grass, this animal will not be seen unless it wants to. However, in Africa, where cheetahs live, they are used to seeing people from safaris, locals, and conservation keepers like in the video above. 

According to Seaworld, “Although the cheetah was once widespread and is a relatively large predator, there are no documented records of a wild cheetah killing a human.” However, we must remember that even though there is no documentation, cheetahs can be extremely territorial and thus very aggressive if that is threatened. 

A great reminder is that a wild animal should never be tested just because they aren’t naturally aggressive toward humans. Respect them so that they will, in turn, respect our presence. 

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About the Author

Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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