They didn't understood the concept that in the park with wild dangerous animals you can't get out of your car and that you have to lock all windows and doors. Therse French people did some incredible stupid thing and went outside their car and took their young kid with them making themselves a target, these Leopards see them as game. The just escaped in time and they were lucky that these Leopards weren't fast, but they were close, to close to these people.
Pieter, you are right. These people had no idea that these animals are in the wild. Getting out with the small children for the pictures? It is like looking for a disaster. This reminds me also about how people react to the bears and elks in Yellowstone - some see it as a picture opportunity only.
I could understand some of what these Dutch(?) people were saying - like Jesus or f...k
Yes, these Dutch people are youngsters in a car. People of the Americanised generation of Gaming, The Apprentice, Game of Thrones, Hollywood movies, American Hip Hop Culture and R&B, Homeland, House of Cards, Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Friends, Seinfeld and etc. Dutch youngsters use the American expression f...k and Jesus to much. They are probably not different than others in this. In this video they are inbetween sightseeing, adventure and enjoying themselves and concern for this French family and the child. You clearly see them watching (monitoring) a foreign, strange family which behaves itself oddly, weird and unusual. When the leapards come to close you hear their exitement and concern. Especially for the small child.
In the Dutch news the park said that the behavior of the French family was extremely irresponsible, and that the family was lucky that the Leapards had been fed before by park rangers who gave them food. So they were digesting the meat they just ate. Therefor the Leapards were rather languid and slow. But in the end there was a very dangerous situation when the Leapards came to close to the family. The family was only safed due to the fact that the wild animals had been fed.
The Dutch safari park remembered people that years ago a young boy was bitten by a Leapard stressing this is not a themepark like Walt Disney Europe, this is a park with dangerous animals like Lions, Rhinoceros, Elephants and Cheetahs. The animals you see in the movie are Cheetahs. They are extremely fast and dangerous.
Experts say that cheeta's who chased the French visitors in Safari Park Beekse Bergen were after the French child in the group. Dutch Carnivora specialists told the Dutch National News NOS. "This could have ended very badly", according to Simone Eckhardt from the SPOTS Foundation.
The Dutch guy who filmed from the car behind the French car in front of him:
"I nearly got a Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (stress cardiomyopathy)." The 24 year old Robin de Graaf made the movie of the French family in Safari park Beekse Bergen which just in time escapes from the group of Cheetahs that chased them.
Robin drove with his parents behind the French car. Wen they entered the area of the Cheetahs he started filming with his cellphone. Suddenly the doors of the car in front of him opened.
"We were watching with full amazement and with hand signs we tried to persuade them to go back in their car. But they ignored us." He thinks that the French saw their warning sings. "I got the impression that they didn't understood us."
The cheetahs remained quiet for the first time and Robin was relieved that the French family was back in the car. But a bit further the car doors opened again. The family walked a lot further from the car than before and the cheetahs suddenly came very close too.
"We tried to warn them again with sign language," says Robin. But there was no response again.
He can not believe that someone is thinking about getting out of his car in the middle of the predators. "They had food and drinks in their hands and just wanted to sit between the cheetahs, everyone with common sense knows you should not have a picnic there."
Did Robin wanted to score Wild with the movie?
Many critical reactions came to the film, and not only to the French family. For example, Robin and his parents would not have done anything to intervene. Why did not he just try it? "I did not dare to, maybe those animals will only become more aggressive."
Simone Eckhardt, predator expert at Stichting SPOTS, does not think that honking had made much difference. "Cheetas are often so focused when approaching a possible prey that they no longer hear other sounds."
Robin gets the reproach that he was mainly engaged in a movie that would score well online. "That was not really the approach, I was filming the cheetahs myself when all this happened."
He is glad that nothing serious has happened. "We were so shocked that we drove home stoically."
Jaga, this is the Dutch guy who filmed the French and said Jesus or f...k
Dutch people complained both about the irresponsible French family and this Dutch guy because he didn't do enough to help or save the French people.
It is understandable of the assumed personal responsibility that is expected of such visitors. But such assumption is a mistake for the many will adhere to the warning signs but then there are those for what ever reasons will ignore such warnings and go about what ever they wish irregardless.
In such a wild life park as this, the public visitors should always be supervised in tour buses whilst in the park. In this manner, all are under supervision for their safety and still able to enjoy the experience.