A leopard leaps onto a Jeep for his big close up. Sergey Kotelnikov was shocked when this overly camera-friendly young leopard jumped onto the roof of his vehicle in Namibia, close to the border with Botswana. Sergey Ivanov, who snapped the photo from an adjacent Jeep, said: “My friend was scared. I was frightened, too, even though I was on the roof of the other car, as you expect it to begin attacking. But we soon relaxed when we realised that this big kitten was just playing.”
When we were on safari in the Maasai Mara in Kenya (one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had), at one point we were driving along a rutted dirt road, and four lions were ambling along about 5 feet away—and roughly at window level with our van.
One of the passengers asked Jeffrey, our driver what was keeping the lions from jumping into the van.
To which he responded, “nothing… except they’re not hungry.”
Whether that’s the truth or just fun things that drivers say, I was never more thankful for well-fed lions.