A CHEETAH has savaged a “careless” teen in a safari park after he walked into the enclosure and was saved by a “hero” worker.
The absent-minded male student was visiting Beekse Bergen Safari Park in the Netherlands when he and two pals wandered off the walking path intended to keep visitors safe.
One pupil – who can’t be named for privacy reasons – suffered bites to his arms and head when the predator attacked him as he tried to flee.
A park ranger who is being hailed a “hero” spotted the teen in trouble and managed to drag him back to safety.
Park officials have launched an investigation. It’s not clear whether the boys – both from Germany – deliberately left the path to enter the enclosure or ended up there by accident.
A park spokesperson told local broadcaster RTL: “The group left the path which has been created for visitors who discover the premises not by car but by foot.
“There are information signposts all over the safari park in several languages, including German.
“They apparently got over a six-metre (20ft) fence and ended up in an area which is restricted only to visitors in vehicles.
“The carer who managed to rescue the boy acted like a hero.
“The teenager was visibly shocked but the carer and his colleagues looked after him.”
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The spokesman said the park has launched an assessment of its visitor safety rules.
Luckily, the boy was treated quickly and discharged on the same day.
Beekse Bergen Safari Park is the biggest wildlife zoo in the Benelux region and is home to 1,250 animals from 150 species.
Cheetas are large cats native to Africa and central Iran.
They can run 50 to 80pph, making them the fastest land animals in the world.
In 2018, a family with young kids were hunted down by a group of cheetas at the wildlife enclosure, which is just outside the Dutch city of Tilburg.
Footage showed the family emerging from their car yards from a group of several cheetahs.
A man opens one of the front doors and starts taking pictures.
One of the back doors then opens and a woman climbs out before making her way around to put two items in the boot.
The bystanders in the second car can be heard exclaiming in shock – before two kids then also jump out to stand beside her as the predators start to take notice.
Later on in the footage the family – reportedly from France – climb out of their vehicle again slightly further away.
But this time the cheetahs suddenly jump up and start bounding towards them.
The family run back towards their car as the animals begin to surround them to go in for the kill – making it to safety just in time.