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Hair-raising moment tourists have close up encounter with cheetah

The video shows the untamed big cat slowly approaching the vehicle before climbing onto the door.

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Magdalena Ryszkowska, a 34 year old Polish horse trainer and riding instructor filmed this hair-raising encounter with a cheetah on a safari tour near Windhoek, Namibia. (Magdalena Ryszkowska via SWNS).

By Leo Black via SWNS

This is the hair-raising moment a group of tourists on a safari had a close up encounter with a hungry cheetah.

Magdalena Ryszkowska, 34, filmed the encounter near Windhoek, Namibia.

The video shows the untamed big cat slowly approaching the vehicle before climbing onto the door.

The guides are then seen tossing the animal a piece of meat and even opening the door.

Polish Magdalena, a horse trainer and riding instructor, said: “There was no moment when I was scared or unsafe.

"These cheetah's are fed every second day and they are used to people.

“The guides explained to us what would happen, what we can expect and what the behavior of a cheetah was.”

“They said that such a close encounter is possible only with cheetahs.”

Cheetahs are well known to be particularly shy of humans and tend to avoid people rather than attacking them.

“That's the closest I have been to a cheetah and I loved every minute of it,” Magdalena added.

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