BUILT FOR SPEED
STELLENBOSCH, South Africa "Rurrrarrr," Kaya exhales.
Maybe I'm petting the giant cat too hard? Or is my mild herbivore scent signaling"prey"? I recoil.
"No, no," the handler assures me. "He's purring."
A "cheetah encounter" costs about $US11 at Spier, a Cape Dutch village-turned-tourism-enclave. Though promised 2-3 minutes each, we're hustled along a photo-op assembly line, as if Kaya were a glad-handling politician.
Then again, he numbers among the fastest land mammals, so perhaps the pace is appropriate.