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Man photographs cheetahs attacking wife

2012-05-05 22:37

Johannesburg – Local  newspapers have published a tourist's photos of cheetahs attacking his wife.

The Port Elizabeth Herald reported on Friday that Violet D'Mello of Aberdeen, Scotland, was attacked by cheetahs on 28 April while in a petting pen with the animals at a game reserve near Port Elizabeth.

It says she was attacked while trying to protect young children from another group that was in the enclosure at the same time. Her husband took photos of the attack.

One of the photos taken by Archie D'Mello shows Violet D'Mello smiling and posing with a cheetah raised by humans in a petting enclosure. Others show the woman on the ground, hair flying, blood on her neck and two cheetahs nearby.

The Herald said park staff and other visitors pulled the cats off the woman, who wasn't seriously injured and continued with her holiday.

Comments
  • barrys72 - 2012-05-05 22:55

    No matter who raised him, he's not domesticated and thus a wild animal and should therefore not be presented, displayed or treated as a pet.

      Mattewis - 2012-05-06 17:24

      I disagree with you! Cheetahs can be domesticated like any large dog. The only problem with this term, is the general understanding of the word "domesticated". The only life form really domesticated, is a human being! No animal, including your house cat, pet dog, budgie, gold fish, etc., is really domesticated! It is in essence only tamed to be accustomed to you! If my little namesake were the size of a leopard, he'd have you for supper one evening if you just didn't smell right to him or even if he felt a little rambunctious! If large dogs were not pack animals, society would be in trouble! Still it happens far too often that even owners get the sharp end of their beloved Butch. When groups of so-called domesticated dogs are left to roam at night (like in rural townships with little/no fencing), they revert to their natural state, form packs of canine-exclusivity and actually become dangerous! By day he'll lick your hand when he's alone in his yard, but at night when he's with mates you're dead meat! So beware if you think keeping ten dogs of a large breed on your premises is a good idea! It will serve people well if they stopped treating their pets as if they were human children, and started treating them respectfully true to their own kind!

  • Black.Wolf.SA - 2012-05-06 07:56

    Couple of points. Hsving looked at the photos, and having been into the enclosures with those beautiful creatures with my wife. If that lady had been "viciously attacked" she would not have walked away, and been able to continue her holiday!! These are wild animals, one of our great predators. people pulled the cheetah off her? Really?? Second, her husband happily continued taking pictures? Overseas newspapers love sensationalism and any picture will sell a story!

  • vessela.hobson - 2012-05-06 12:10

    well done to this man! I mean, I would have tried to help my wife instead of taking photos but whatever...........

      rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-05-06 16:02

      any idea how fast a cheetah is? In a blink of an eye the cheetah, without warning, can leap at a prey with deadly precision! When would you have moved to help? Before or after you wet yourself? Did it occur to you the husband might not have had time to move to her aid because staff was in the enclosure and dealt with the animals as they were trained to do?

  • Jaco - 2012-05-06 14:37

    I agree with Jurgen.eksteen comment "Actually, a cheetah is the only wild cat type that you can totally domesticate." Looking at my pet cat at home...How many nights I went to bed with a hand and arm full of scratch marks and bite marks, and the cat consider this as playing. Guess the Cheetah was only playing hence the woman was not submitted to hospital etc. If that cat was real angry or saw her as prey, she would barley be alive today!

  • jim.lekoko - 2012-05-06 15:06

    Its annoying cause some tourist believe the myth that African animals are so tamed and friendly that they even roam our city streets.so they irk 2 see 4 themselves and thats the results.

  • octo7 - 2012-05-06 16:41

    Am I the only commenter pissed at the fact there are no photos in this article? lol

  • Bruce - 2012-05-06 18:10

    Years ago we took our when about 7 year old son to the De Wildt Cheetah breeding centre. The rule was strictly, no children or even small adults allowed in the enclosures since the cheetah may mistake them for prey and definitely no running around since it stimulates the chase reflex. We saw that ourselves, when our son wanted to go to the bathroom and ran along the path, the way boys will, with a cheetah in pursuit on the other side of the fence! Anyway, I hate this petting of wild animals, yes they will remain wild. Your dog may bite you and your pussycat may scratch you, even thought they are supposed to be domesticated.

  • tbusilee - 2012-05-06 22:07

    That's scary

  • tbusilee - 2012-05-06 22:09

    That's scary

  • Gee - 2012-05-06 22:37

    Ok honey...try moving your head slightly to the side...good, keep it like that..this is a really nice shot...

  • OzzyIn - 2012-05-07 01:20

    Actually cheetahs do not attack humans. This article is devoid of facts. Now, if the woman was incapacitated then I can understand.

  • siliziwem - 2012-05-07 02:54

    another version of Dewani case!

  • roodbol - 2012-05-07 07:36

    Wild animals should REMAIN wild... we interfere and wonder 'why?!'. I know it's an income to companies, but not our predators. STOP this.

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