SA: Cheetah Attack
According to the DailyTimes, UK, Violet D’Mello was attacked by two cheetahs whilst celebrating her 60th Birthday with her husband at Kragga Kragga game reserve near Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The enclosure which they entered had a sign up saying that you could take a tour of the enclosure with a guide and stroke the cats.
After posing for a picture with the ‘tame’ wildcats in front of her husband, she ran to the aid of an eight-year old girl, Camryn Malan, who was apparently being attacked by one of the cheetahs. Minutes later, she was pinned to the ground with a cheetah on top of her and gripped her neck in between razor-sharp fangs. All those around her were screaming, not knowing what to do whilst the cheetahs bit at her kidney area, legs and neck. Her husband, still with camera in hand, apparently not aware of what was happening, continued to take photos of the ordeal. According to D’Mello, what saved her was her little voice in her head which said “Just play dead”. Eventually the cheetahs were scared off and she was rushed to the hospital, apparently bleeding profusely from her head. She survived, but the doctors said she was lucky to have escaped the ordeal with her life, let alone an intact body. A cheetah expert said humans needed to be careful around big cats.
Professor Graham Kerley, head of zoology at the Centre for African Conservation Ecology, told the Herald that even captive animals were dangerous.vHe said: 'Keep in mind that in the last 10 to 12 years, three people have been killed by captive lions. We mustn't pretend these are tame pussycats here. 'They are wild and should be considered dangerous.'