Cheetahs 'attacked another tourist'

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.
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