Watch a cheetah use a GoPro Camera as a chew toy in the Serengeti

It was a hairy moment for the camera – luckily only the lens needed to be changed

Neela Debnath@NeelanjonaD
Wednesday 31 December 2014 14:57
The male cheetah cub spots the GoPro camera
The male cheetah cub spots the GoPro camera

Filming on the plains of the Serengeti can have its pitfalls sometimes, as one filmmaker discovered during an expedition in Tanzania.

Boris von Schoenebeck and his crew were capturing footage of cheetahs in Ndutu, Tanzania when two intrepid cheetahs decided to sit on their jeep as they filmed.

The male cub and his mother kept coming back to their vehicle day after day, observing Boris and his crew as they filmed them.

Unfortunately, during filming the cub got a little too up close and personal with one of the GoPro Cameras Boris was filming with and decided to chew on it.

The filmmaker could only watch on hopelessly as the lens was destroyed, luckily the rest of the camera appeared to have survived.

“It was really special that they were so close – within touching distance. Normally, looking at them, you’re like 300 metres away from us. They would climb on top of our vehicle and use it as a place of higher ground.”

Ironically, the curious cheetah soon drew tourists on safari who photographed the animals as they sat on the jeep.

Despite a chewed up GoPro, Boris was pleased with the experience, “It was just amazing to be able to get so close to two cheetah and for them to be so comfortable with us.”

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