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Cheetahs 'attacked another tourist'

2012-05-07 08:57

Cape Town - An American woman has claimed that she was attacked by the same “tame” cheetahs that made headlines after attacking a Scottish tourist at a Port Elizabeth game reserve last week.

Michelle Bodenheimer from Portland, Oregon, told The Times that she was also attacked by cheetah cubs when she visited the same reserve with her husband in June 2009.

This followed the much publicised attack on Violet D’Mello at the Kragga Kamma game park last week.

Bodenheimer said she was deeply upset to see that Kragga Kamma had not learnt from what had happened to her.

"The attacks are not the fault of the cats [because] they could have been prevented. They are wild animals, which we tend to forget. People simply should not be allowed in [the enclosure] with these beautiful, wild creatures," said Bodenheimer.

She said she wished she had pursued the matter further at the time as it may have prevented attacks like the one on D’Mello.

Kragga Kamma manager Mike Cantor said the cheetah petting facility had been temporarily closed and that the incident was under investigation.

He admitted that last week’s attack was not the first by the cheetahs but said previous incidents had been minor.

Comments
  • E=MC2 - 2012-05-07 09:09

    ooooh yank steps into the limelight... Get into an enclosure with wild animals & you're asking for trouble. No matter how "tame" they might be!

      Arthur - 2012-05-07 10:03

      WIFE: "OMG I'm being eaten by Cheetahs!" HUSBAND: "Stop rolling around so much, I'm trying to get a photo for the newspapers!"

      Jason - 2012-05-07 10:37

      Come come folks, its the same as a tame dog getting upset and lashing out......it happens! thats why you sign a waver! Just came back from Cango Wildlife Ranch and was in the cage with two fully grown cheetahs for an encounter! I had three staff member with me at all times! but i know that if I had been hurt it would have been part of the risk!

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-07 11:41

      Hugh ...Husband: "Try bleeding a bit more on this side. Careful...my new shoes!"

      Preshen - 2012-05-07 12:29

      Cheetahs are the most Xenophobic animals

  • Donovan De Swardt - 2012-05-07 09:11

    did she just say people should not be allowed into the enclosures with wild animals? so why did she go in if she believes that?

  • Lerato - 2012-05-07 09:13

    I salute the cheetahs, they are being wild! I'm going to give them my last bells

  • ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-07 09:22

    looking for a buck, oops sorry yank thats the cheetahs job LOL

  • Richard - 2012-05-07 09:23

    this yank should have brought it up when it happened not now...just looking for 15min of fame...PATHETIC! cheetah cubs dont ATTACK, they play as they would in the wild, just another ignorant human blaming unpredictable events of a young playful cat! THIS IS AFRICA...hahahaha

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-07 11:30

      People use the word "attack" very loosely. Nowadays, if you just use one wrong word, it is an "attack".I am sure anyone who is really attacked by a cheetah will be discussing the incident with the ancestors, and not with the media.

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-05-07 09:28

    Tourists this is Africa so treat it with respect so as our animals otherwise u will always be in Head lines for the wrong reasons

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-05-07 09:30

    And she's bringing this up now because?????? Some people just want to be famous

      fishingchick - 2012-05-08 00:51

      No- I am not just bringing this up now, nor do I want to be famous (or infamous) from this event. I made a mistake several years ago by entering the cheetah enclosure. I learned from my mistake and am hopeful others could, as well. At the time the park assured me the cheetahs would be removed from the petting enclosure as they were "getting too big" to interact with the public. Kragga Kamma should have learned from the incident three years ago and did not. As a result, someone else was gullible (as was I) and fell into the tourist trap. I am hopeful people will learn now without someone else getting injured.

  • Saffa in Asia - 2012-05-07 09:36

    Just shows you, having money doesn't make you smart. Don't go into an enclosure with a wild animal... logic 101. These tourist come here and want to pay to play with wild animals, they think money can buy everything. She even admitted it is a bad idea and then still does it, how dense can you get? There is no cure for stupidity.

  • mandi.abba - 2012-05-07 09:47

    Interesting to note that that the "lady" that was attacked in 2009 is: " an avid big game hunter, Michelle's favorite pastime is wing-shooting. She has successfully hunted throughout North America and Africa, and hopes to venture further in the future." - perhaps she is hoping for a free "hunt" as compensation??????????? Shame on you!!!!

      Arthur - 2012-05-07 10:06

      Just goes to show. Pity the Cheetahs never munched off her trigger finger.

      Jo - 2012-05-08 15:55

      Yes, l believe there are a lot of animals sedated by SA rangers to make it easier for the tourists to shoot them. Adverts in foreign newspapers invite the shooting of the big 6 in S.Afr reserves. Nice eh!!!

  • Olive - 2012-05-07 09:51

    Cheetah's belong in the bush - and quite frankly feel nothing for people's stupidity - now these poor cheetah's are big headlines for "attacking" stupid human's This happened in 2009 ???? And with latest "attack" the hubby takes photographs????

  • Shirley - 2012-05-07 09:55

    Practice what you preach lady! There is no such thing as "tame" wild animals! I find it weird that the husband films this instead of helping!As nice as it is to get up close and personal with these marvelous creatures-they are wild and deserve better!

      Arthur - 2012-05-07 10:09

      WIFE: "Archibald! Aaaarchibaaaaald heeeelp I'm being eaten!" ARCHIBALD: "Hold still woman! I can't get a great shot for the newspapers if you keep rolling around like that!"

      Shirley - 2012-05-07 10:16

      Hugh influence: Seems like thats the way it went down! Well if I was his wife,I would be looking at my marriage a little differently!

      Arthur - 2012-05-07 10:24

      Hahaha! Absolutely Shirley. My mind boggles at the thought. First thing I'd do is jump in there and try get her away from the Cheetahs but nooooo.... "Scream some more hunnie! That's right, show me some blood baby!" lol

      Shirley - 2012-05-07 10:47

      Hugh influence: I geus thats how they roll in the U.S.A. Go back home,sell it to the papers there and recoup holiday expenses?

      Arthur - 2012-05-07 10:54

      Lol Nah the American is too late to cash in, but the photo session was actually the Scottish couple.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-07 12:42

      Maybe the woman was a cheater. Thats why the husband let the cheatah eat her.

  • Sittingbourne - 2012-05-07 09:58

    I was fortunate enough to go in the enclosure when I flew out from the UK last September. The cheetahs were wonderful, no problems at all. Mark and Monty do NOT attack but merely play. If you get scratched, hell, what do you expect, they're cats after all. Three cheers for Kragga Kamma!

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-07 11:36

      Are they really cats? I thought they are more closely related to dogs.

      Jo - 2012-05-08 15:59

      So this is why the victim has ahead full of stitches. ? Kragga Kamma is obviously not a safe establishment and cheetahs should not be kept in pens as money making attractions.

  • Nare - 2012-05-07 10:21

    White people like playing with wild anminals....don't know y

      Gareth - 2012-05-07 10:34

      Really, every single "white" person on earth has an inherent flaw of being unable to resist the temptation of "playing with wild animals" ... WOW, that is an exceptionally blind opinion, well done on coming up with that gem.

  • Genesistt - 2012-05-07 10:57

    When will these tourists realise that just because the animals look friendly, it does not mean they are tame house cats! These are wild animals and should be treated with care.

      Jo - 2012-05-08 16:00

      When the locals stop telling them that the animals are tame and stop making it a tourist attraction.

  • psnast - 2012-05-07 11:30

    @Hugh_Influence It's funny coz it's true!

  • godesha - 2012-05-07 11:36

    Here kitty, kitty, kitty.

  • Antonie - 2012-05-07 11:52

    When you get into a cage with wild cats, try NOT to smell or act like a CHOP. They eat meat and try to keep in mind - that is your exact composition. They read body language and if you seem in the slightest week, they will use the oppertunity. Sitting down to take a pic is a prime example.

  • Deon - 2012-05-07 12:06

    It is the safest to watch them from behind the enclosures.

  • Simone - 2012-05-07 12:07

    No such thing as a "tame" wild animal... that is why they are called wild animals!!!

  • simone.labuschagne.5 - 2012-05-07 16:25

    theres a huge difference between cubs and a full grown cheetah, this woman is only looking for attention now that something else has happened

  • Lana - 2012-05-07 17:31

    LOL...This husband is a good character to base a "AND THAT'S HOW THE ARGUMENT STARTED" joke on...ridiculously funny that he kept filming the attack on his own wife "just played dead dear, I'm sure they just playing" Bwahahahahaha

  • Grace - 2012-05-07 19:09

    Hahaha... They must belong to the ANC. They love attacking tourists

      Grace - 2012-05-07 19:13

      ANC cheaters lol

  • Jo - 2012-05-08 15:50

    Quite disgusting the way the SA media has tried to 'shift the guilt' onto the husband rather than admit that the 'tame animals' are just another money making irresponsible 'tourist trap'. Petting Zoo's are very popular in UK and this woman proabably believed that the animals were tame. The owners of this place should be closed down or investigated. Pity the American woman did not sue them and set some standards with the 'duty of care.' When these animals actually kill someone..Guess who else gets the death sentance ...the animals. Where were the custodians of these animals at the time? Were they there to help the woman?

  • cindy.m.kelley - 2012-09-05 03:04

    The most disturbing part of all this is that the victim's husband actually KEPT FILMING the attack!??!?! Instead of helping his WIFE and hitting the crap out of that cheetah WITH THE CAMERA and trying to help or protect her , HE ... FILMED IT?!?!?!? WTF???? I would SO leave his sorry , spineless ass ! She should have grabbed HIM by the ear and throw HIM to the cheetahs for lunch!! What an IDIOT!!

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