The lucky photographer was surprised when the cheetah approached quietly and hugged him.


Sasan Amir, a 27-year-old German photographer and filmmaker, is a frequent visitor to the African savannah.

There he takes beautiful photos and videos with representatives of the local wildlife.

Predators occupy a special place in his portfolio. Recently, Amir went to South Africa again, where a very unusual story happened to him.

Sasan settled into an «ambush,» from where he was watching the savannah for successful shots, when he suddenly saw that a wild cheetah was heading towards him.

The photographer got scared and began to rise slowly, showing the beast that he was aware of his approach and was ready to defend himself.

The cheetah stopped and decided for a while what to do next. And he walked to Sasan again.

As he approached, the cheetah sniffed the photographer, then rubbed his head against him and sat next to him.

«I saw that he wanted to talk. He even started purring like a cat,» says Sasan.

It took Amir a few minutes to realize what an incredible story had happened to him.

How lucky he turned out to be, honored to be able to communicate with a wild beast at arm’s length!

And at the same time, the cheetah was absolutely relaxed and did not show any aggressiveness.

He even licked Amir several times, showing his affection.

Fortunately, the camera was nearby and the photographer was able to take unique photos of interaction with a wild predator.

That day, the cheetah even allowed itself to be petted and hugged – and Sasan had a rare opportunity to touch the wildlife world without any consequences for life and health.

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