Skip to comments.Woman mauled by cheetahs in South African game park ( Tame : LOL )
Posted on 05/04/2012 11:29:24 AM PDT by george76
A woman tourist from Britain in a South African game park was mauled by two cheetahs in a horrific attack.
Violet D'Mello was petting the "tame" cats in the petting area of Kragga Kamma Game Park with other tourists when they began attacking an eight-year-old girl. The woman watched in horror as they clawed and bit her leg ...
Suddenly, the cheetahs left the girl and began eyeing the little girl's seven-year-old brother who was trying to flee. Just as D'Mello tried to intervene, the two animals turned their attention to her.
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Mistake # 1. There is a reason these are called "wild" animals. People have no business getting close to them or treating them like domesticated animals.
Stupid SHOULD hurt
Her husband Archibald was outside the pen during her ordeal and took these dramatic photos as the attack unfolded
I’ve been there before. They have a bunch of cheetahs lounging around like house cats. I was a little nervous wandering around, but I sure as hell wouldn’t bring little kids in.
In LOLcat: I can has dum toorist? nom nom nom
Nice of the husband to document their vacation while his wife is getting chewed by a wild animal.
Dumbass liberals. Want all animals and humans to live as one. This looks like that was coming true. “Living as one”. Just one...him.
A tame animal is more than just raised by humans from birth so they aren't quite as wild. It took hundreds or thousands of generations of domesticating wolves and only allowing the calmer, more compliant ones to breed while killing, castrating or at least chasing off the wilder ones to turn them into domesticated dogs. And even they will occasionally revert to their instincts and kill people.
Cats on the other hand have been breeding humans for thousands of years to make us more compliant to their needs.
Perhaps this is one of the reasons the late Pope John Paul preached against eco-tourism.
Walt Disney must be spinning in his grave that human’s have decided to take Disney’s humanization of animals so literally! WTH, is wrong with normally intelligent people and the way they interface with critters?
After slipping a few strips of bacon into her pocket.
I notice that she never dropped her camera either...
And that’s how you turn a tourist into a Tourette’s.
Don’t forget that humans have evolved and along the long walk from Olduvai Gorge to now - we learned how to make nifty coats from cats.
I can hear her husband now, during the attack.. “Oh yes, honey.. Hold it right there.. No? Darn! Wait, that’s it, yeah yeah.. Get her get her! Oh this is rich.. Click click.. Click *(chuckle)* click click click”
I have more than a few ex girlfriends that I wouldn't mind having mauled by a wild animal now and then. You know, to lift my spirits when I'm having a bad day.
Are its teeth bigger than mine? Check.
Are its claws bigger than mine? Check.
Can it run WAY WAY faster than me? Check.
Does it not give a flying fig about me, other than how I taste? Check.
I ain’t petting that thing.
A cat once watched in horror as a man issued a dog a series of commands--sit, heel, roll over, etc.--and the dog dutifully complied. The cat thought, "that poor dog will never make it as a cat."
She may have saved the little boy’s life. God bless her for intervening.
“Dogs have masters; Cats have staff.” LOL.
Way to go, Archie.
Many nights of sleeping on the couch and burnt cold dinners for you.
I’ve seen big cats react like that at the zoo, but fortunately they were behind bars and glass. They look so bored most of the time, even lethargic. Then a toddler walks by, and suddenly every cat’s eyes are locked on that child. I watched a lion practically beat it’s own head in trying to pounce through the safety glass once.
Little kids give off very strong “prey” vibes.
Had I done that to my wife, I would not be commenting just now, due to my recent, violent death.
While it was definitely dumb to be petting wild cats, have to give her kudos for intervening to save the kids, and the other tourists (except her husband!!) for helping to save her life.
I bet this will be the last "one with nature" vacation I'm forced to take with her........see even this big #ssed cat needs more to eat than tofu. Oh well, she said she wanted to rember every minute *click*
I sometimes "play" with my food too. Ha ha!
Thanks for the ping, George. Glad to be home for a couple of days. No big cats for me on this tour in the mountains. But I was serenaded by a western screech-owl for much of the night at 5800 feet in pinyon pine/juniper forest. Beats listening to noisy neighbors.
Nobody in here but us cheetahs...
In truth this woman was being a hero. She tried to step in to save a girl and boy who were being attacked.
Dumb? Yes, petting zoos (of wild animals - the true sense of the word) are, but give her a break - she wasn’t even being attacked until she broke into what the real fuss was.
What happened to the girl? No word on that.
They must think that life is like the artwork on the back of some Jehovah's Witness 'Watchtower' tract showing the paradise of the afterlife where little girls are petting African lions and riding on the backs of polar bears, or leaving infants in the care of friendly giant boa constrictors, and so on... Like they're proving a point to everyone looking on that they're not 'Speciesist' and it wouldn't be politically correct to presume that a wild animal is necessarily wildly dangerous.
Anyway, my point is that incidents like these always seem to involve Brits on vacation. I welcome anyone to prove me wrong, statistically.
Who the hell has cheetahs in a petting zoo? That makes about as much sense as putting a day care next to a dingo farm.
So much for the myth that “Cheetahs never win.”