Woman Mauled By 'Tame' Cheetahs
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Posted 5/4/12 , edited 5/4/12

A quick-thinking British holidaymaker played dead to avoid being mauled to death by supposedly tame cheetahs at a South African wildlife park.

Violet D'Mello, 60, was wrestled to the ground by a captive big cat after she entered an enclosure at a wildlife park where tourists are invited to pet the animals.

The shaken housewife, from Aberdeen, was on holiday with her husband Archie, 64, when the terrifying incident happened.

She told today how she was thrown to the ground as two cheetahs mauled at her head, stomach and legs.

Mrs D'Mello, who was rushed to hospital after the incident, said: 'It was terrifying and happened so quickly.
'One minute I was in the enclosure with the cheetahs and the next it was biting at my head.
'I was thrown to the ground and had to play dead while it mauled my legs and stomach.'

A guide at the game park in the Indian Ocean town of Port Elizabeth managed to pulled the second cat off Mrs D'Mello, but even as he did so, the first cheetah rejoined the fray, pining the Scot to the ground and biting and gouging her legs.

It was only when a group of park visitors worked together to pull the two animals off her that Mrs D'Mello was able to make a dash for the petting pen's gate.

Amazingly, Mrs D'Mello's husband Archibald had been outside the pen throughout the ordeal from where he captured these astonishing pictures of the attack as it happened.

After the attack, park manager Mike Cantor rushed Mrs D'Mello to hospital where she was received stitches for a wound in her head and was treated for injuries around her eye and leg.

Camryn Malan, 8, also needed stitches for the gashes in her leg, Mr Cantor said, adding: 'Everyone has been a bit traumatised by it all'.



The husband took pictures of her wife getting skull-dragged by cheetahs!

A mess.
But I'm glad she's okay now.

Posted 5/4/12 , edited 5/4/12
Might want to check her skin for chemicals just in case her husband wanted it to happen.
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Posted 5/4/12
♫ Soft cheetah, tame cheetah, little puff of fur. Happy tourist, angry cheetah, maul, maul, maul ♫
Posted 5/4/12 , edited 5/4/12
No wild animal is ever tame. Even our domesticated pets have wild instincts that we need to respect.
Posted 5/4/12 , edited 5/4/12
I hope she divorces him for doing such a ignorant stunt. I'm glad she's okay also, but people need to leave wild life alone.
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Posted 5/4/12 , edited 5/4/12
They didn't evolve those teeth for eating salad, did they? Going into a cage with big predators is just asking for trouble.

Kudos to the husband for actually having the cojones to take pictures of his wife being mauled. I bet he was thinking "Aye, these'll look good in a frame next to her ashes"

Bet he had some serious explaining to do when they got home!
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Yea, it seems kind of suspicious that the husband took pics of this while she was getting attacked..........
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