They parked their auto next to sunbathing cheetahs and got out to take some pictures.
A video was posted on YouTube showing a family barely escaping aggressive cheetahs after getting out of their vehicle in Dutch safari park Beekse Bergen. Seconds later, a woman holding a small child is surrounded by cheetahs, and only by pure luck wasn't pounced on and attacked.
Later in the clip, the cheetahs begin bounding towards the family after parking their vehicle further away.
The tourists first get out of their vehicle just metres from at least three full-grown cheetahs to move a carseat into their boot, then take photos of the nearby animals.
The jaw-dropping incident was confirmed by safari park manager Niels de Wildt, who said the family had been "incredibly lucky". 'We inform visitors about the risks in several languages throughout the park, ' the spokesman said.
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The footage was shot by a different and increasingly aghast group of visitors to the Beekse Bergen safari park just south of Tilburg.
"The cheetahs are on a food schedule so they are not extremely hungry and are not in the hunt", Wildt told NOS.
"In the first instance they have the same reaction as when someone rings in unexpectedly, they think, "Hey, something odd is happening in our territory".
"These people have been incredibly lucky", he added.
Five Frenchmen visited the Safari Park Beekse Bergen. The cat spent about 10 minutes investigating the auto before exiting, the BBC reported at the time.