For those who aren’t familiar, the Darwin Awards are an annual award given to those who’ve contributed to humanity by removing their genes from the gene pool. In other words, it’s given to people who died as a result of behaviour so astonishingly stupid that it’s hard to even feel bad for them.
Previous entries include a man who took a welding torch to grenades so they could harvest the scrap metal, a drunk man who forced open elevator doors so he could try jumping and sliding down 30m of steel cable, and an abusive boyfriend who pushed his girlfriend into an icy river to drown her and then jumped in afterwards to finish the job only to realise she could swim but he couldn’t. Better yet, the Darwin Awards also have honorary entries for people who risked their lives but didn’t die.
Well, this year the Darwin Awards can go home early, because we have 2018’s honorary winners. They may have survived their fleeting encounter with death, but one French family has gone viral after a video emerged showing them putting their lives at risk in a manner so stupid, it’s actually pretty funny.
For some unspeakable reason the family can be seen leaving the safety of their car at a safari to take a closer look at some cheetahs.
It all begins with a video showing the family pulling over in a safari in Dutch. They are being filmed by some men in the car behind who stop and watch as the family stop the car and open the vehicle’s doors. There’s some nervous laughter, and definite confusion, but things escalate when we see the family leave the vehicle and start packing things into the trunk of their car. At one point a small child even gets out of the vehicle while holding his mother’s hand.
The entire time a pack of resting cheetahs watch the family from no more than 10 metres away. The entire video is packed with tension, but when the family move on and pull over a short distance away, the cheetah’s leap into action. As the family take a leisurely stroll no more than a hundred yards away from where they first pulled over, the cheetah’s race to their position and begin harassing and worrying them. You can see the mother clutch her child and begin running frantically towards the car while a pack of predatory big cats start taking swipes at them both.
Luckily everyone manages to get away, but it’s astonishing to think anyone could be this dumb!