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South Africa: Man Photographs Cheetahs Attacking Wife
The Seattle Times ^ | May 5, 2012 | The Associated Press

Posted on 05/06/2012 7:55:05 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

South Africa: Man Photographs Cheetahs Attacking Wife

The photos taken by a tourist from Scotland show his wife on the ground, hair flying, blood on her neck, with two cheetahs nearby

Cheetah with catnip (Violet D'Mello poses with a cheetah while being photographed by her husband Archibald during a visit to Kragga Kamma game reserve near Port Elizabeth, South Africa.)

JOHANNESBURG —

The photos taken by a tourist from Scotland show his wife on the ground, hair flying, blood on her neck, with two cheetahs nearby.

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

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, which were published by the local newspaper and others.

One of the photos taken by Archie D'Mello shows Violet D'Mello smiling and posing with a cheetah raised by humans in the enclosure, before, as she told the Herald, "it became serious very quickly."

One of two cheetahs in the enclosure first grabbed a young girl, leaving her with scratches and cuts that needed stitches, the Herald reported. D'Mello tried to calm the child and her brother, and ended up also being attacked. She told the BBC she had numerous bite and puncture marks, and that her scalp was "sliced open."

The cheetahs "weren't being vicious. You could tell they were just excited," Violet D'Mello told the Herald.

The Herald said park staff and other visitors pulled the cats off. The D'Mellos continued their holiday in South Africa.

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Local News; Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Society; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: awkwardvacationphoto; bigcats; catnip; cats; cheetah; cheetahs; chewietoy; darwinaward; divorce; filingfordivorce; holdmuhbeer; kittyping; kodakmoment; marriage; pettingzoo; roar; separatebedrooms; southafrica; whenanimalsattack; zoo
(WARNING: Next two photos are graphic.)

Cheetah with catnip

Cheetah with catnip

1 posted on 05/06/2012 7:55:10 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

shocking, but is this like a darwin moment?


2 posted on 05/06/2012 7:58:57 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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Cheetah with catnip "South Africa: Man Photographs Cheetahs Attacking Wife" ... What a guy! Surely his wife will nominate him for a husband of the year award for photographing her as she became those cats' chewie toy.
3 posted on 05/06/2012 7:58:57 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Lucky she didn’t become lunch....


4 posted on 05/06/2012 7:59:09 AM PDT by freebilly
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To: DogByte6RER

What a “great” husband- “Honey, move your head up and to the left a bit. Good. Oh, and move your hair away from the wound. Thank you... (click, click, click)”.


5 posted on 05/06/2012 8:00:47 AM PDT by richmwill
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To: richmwill

LOL....ya beat me to it. :)


6 posted on 05/06/2012 8:02:43 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

kittyping


7 posted on 05/06/2012 8:04:48 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

He is probably so proud of his action shots that he will probably enter them in a photography contest.


8 posted on 05/06/2012 8:04:48 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: DogByte6RER

The question is, who will get ownership of the pictures in the divorce settlement.


9 posted on 05/06/2012 8:06:41 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: DogByte6RER

Ha! That cheetah is licking his chops!


10 posted on 05/06/2012 8:10:48 AM PDT by Krankor
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To: DogByte6RER
Oh, by all means, PHOTOGRAPH your poor wife. Don't help or anything. That way she's dead and you have some great photos to sell!

Um, doomed marriage.

11 posted on 05/06/2012 8:12:45 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: DogByte6RER

“Hey Honey, what’s for lunch...

Don’t know...how about a bite at the petting zoo?

Sounds good.”

I guess either the cheetahs or the D’Mellos (maybe soon
the ex-D’Mellos) could have thought/said that.

I don’t understand why people try to anthropomorphize
animals to the extent that they think the animal
will always behave in an appropriate human manner
and not resort to animal hunting/survival behaviour...
calling Siegfried and Roy.


12 posted on 05/06/2012 8:13:13 AM PDT by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to find.)
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To: Proud2BeRight

Does he belong to PETA?


13 posted on 05/06/2012 8:14:07 AM PDT by glyptol
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To: richmwill

I have an old VHS-C videocam. Those animals can’t both bite their victim and fight at the same time, and I would be using my heavy old cam to turn their skulls into mush!

I mean, holy cr@p!


14 posted on 05/06/2012 8:15:35 AM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: DogByte6RER

I would have kicked that cheetah so hard in the head, it would commit a Seau.


15 posted on 05/06/2012 8:18:48 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: DogByte6RER

Wonder if she’s made a connection with the “Running Gazelle” perfume her recently purchased for her?


16 posted on 05/06/2012 8:23:29 AM PDT by fso301
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To: DogByte6RER
The Port Elizabeth Herald reported Friday that Violet D'Mello of Aberdeen, Scotland, was attacked by cheetahs on April 28 while in a petting pen with the animals at a game reserve near Port Elizabeth in southeastern South Africa.

Let's see: The people who run the zoo actually thought it would be a good idea to have a "petting pen" where visitors (including children) can pet and play with the cheetahs? What could possibly go wrong?

17 posted on 05/06/2012 8:33:27 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: goseminoles

Same here. Geez, what kind of a douchebag stands there and snaps photos as his wife gets mauled...


18 posted on 05/06/2012 8:39:19 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: Getready
Exactly. What a stroke of genius - cheetahs in a petting zoo! What a wonderful idea, to invite young children to stroke the fur of large carnivores. I'm sure nothing could possibly go wrong, especially since cheetahs' normal prey is about the same size as a young child. /sarc off

I have to give Mrs. D'Mello credit for helping the child. Even so, she and the other "adults" in this fiasco need their heads examined, especially the parents who let their kids in that cage. And Mr. D'Mello...pathetic.

19 posted on 05/06/2012 8:42:35 AM PDT by FiscalSanity
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To: DogByte6RER

Petting zoo candidates if ever there were.

20 posted on 05/06/2012 8:44:45 AM PDT by avenir (I'm pessimistic about man, but I'm optimistic about GOD!)
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To: fso301
Running Gazelle” perfume

Really LOL!

Or perhaps O'de young wildebeast.

21 posted on 05/06/2012 8:45:07 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: DogByte6RER

If you and your wife went to a petting zoo and while your wife posed for a picture with the cheetahs and the cheetahs turn on your wife, biting and scratching her, you have a choice between jumping in and saving her life or taking photos that will bring you wealth and fame. So what shutter speed would you use?


22 posted on 05/06/2012 9:05:16 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: DogByte6RER

You can always find another wife but great pictures only come once!


23 posted on 05/06/2012 9:05:40 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: DogByte6RER

Her husband must be a mooselimb!


24 posted on 05/06/2012 9:07:10 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: richmwill

reminds me of those filmmakers who watched a baby penguin die in a pot-hole sized hole instead of helping it get out.


25 posted on 05/06/2012 9:11:27 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: DogByte6RER

Ever since I saw this story a couple of years ago I've wondered when . . . .

26 posted on 05/06/2012 9:16:19 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: FiscalSanity
Exactly. What a stroke of genius - cheetahs in a petting zoo! What a wonderful idea, to invite young children to stroke the fur of large carnivores. I'm sure nothing could possibly go wrong, especially since cheetahs' normal prey is about the same size as a young child. /sarc off

During his SNL days, Dan Ackroyd played a character named Irwin Mainway, who ran a company that sold extremely dangerous toys to children. This place sounds like a business enterprise he would have promoted.

CONSUMER REPORTER (Jane Curtain): "Mr. Mainway, do you really think it's a good idea to have a petting zoo stocked with large, man-eating carnivores? A young child could be torn to shreds by one of these cheetahs."

IRWIN MAINWAY (Dan Ackroyd): No, no there's no problem here, it's perfectly safe. Let's face it, kids love animals, and what is a cheetah anyway, except a large pussycat? It's a great place to bring the kids. The kids love it!"

27 posted on 05/06/2012 9:17:45 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: DogByte6RER
The cheetahs "weren't being vicious"

Good lord..lady....used to the rough trade eh?

28 posted on 05/06/2012 9:33:47 AM PDT by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

“... always find another wife but great pictures only come once”.

Tsk, tsk, Swampsniper! You’re a bad, bad boy! (LOL)


29 posted on 05/06/2012 9:38:48 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: DogByte6RER; Mickey; seenenuf; flaglady47; oswegodeee
"Hey, honey.....look this way.....now say 'cheeeee-tah'..... that's a dear.....great shot....."

Leni

30 posted on 05/06/2012 9:38:53 AM PDT by MinuteGal (No control of historic Mt. Rushmore by UN... Get the U.S. OUT of the UN. Get the UN OUT of the U.S.)
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To: DogByte6RER

When my kitty licks her lips, she’s smelled something she wants to eat. I’m wondering if the lady had something on her hair or some perfume that set the cat off.


31 posted on 05/06/2012 9:40:25 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: DogByte6RER

The woman is more of a guy than her husband. The husband is a wuss.

The local news anchorman this morning seemed disgusted that the guy didn’t jump in there and get the children and let his wife get mauled.


32 posted on 05/06/2012 9:51:42 AM PDT by moviefan8
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To: freebilly

Lucky they were cheetas and not leopards.


33 posted on 05/06/2012 10:02:18 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: DogByte6RER

She sailed away on a happy summer day on the back of a crocodile,
“You see,” said she, “he’s as tame as tame can be;
I’ll ride him down the Nile,”
The croc winked his eye as she bade them all goodbye, wearing a happy smile,
At the end of the ride the lady was inside, and the smile was on the crocodile!


34 posted on 05/06/2012 10:02:41 AM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: DogByte6RER
Hey, you can always get a new wife.

But, how often does the chance of getting a prize winning shot like that come along?

35 posted on 05/06/2012 10:37:51 AM PDT by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

Portland Zoo lion desiring a snack on a toddler in a Zebra suit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aEwFB6sS2Ls


36 posted on 05/06/2012 10:39:42 AM PDT by wrencher
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To: Larry Lucido
Lucky they were cheetas and not leopards.

Even luckier, it wasn't this kind of cheetah.

37 posted on 05/06/2012 10:48:59 AM PDT by Krankor
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To: richmwill

“Honey, does this cheetah make me look fat?”


38 posted on 05/06/2012 10:51:18 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: freebilly

There’s no way those cats were gonna eat that lady because cheetahs never prosper.


39 posted on 05/06/2012 11:00:10 AM PDT by Krankor
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To: DogByte6RER
The lady looks like a stupid environmental wacko liberal. She got what she deserved.
40 posted on 05/06/2012 11:07:59 AM PDT by pterional
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To: Krankor
There’s no way those cats were gonna eat that lady because cheetahs never prosper.

I'll be here all week. Try the veal...!

41 posted on 05/06/2012 11:22:33 AM PDT by freebilly
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To: Larry Lucido

If they were Cheetos she wouldn’t have gotten attacked at all.... Most likely....


42 posted on 05/06/2012 11:25:08 AM PDT by freebilly
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To: DogByte6RER
Bites bump....

Leni

43 posted on 05/06/2012 2:13:44 PM PDT by MinuteGal (No control of historic Mt. Rushmore by UN... Get the U.S. OUT of the UN. Get the UN OUT of the U.S.)
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To: avenir

It's the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life

44 posted on 05/06/2012 2:18:34 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: DogByte6RER

My husband wanted me to post this—doing so under duress:

Snickers Commercial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2djs-hy4s8k


45 posted on 05/06/2012 7:36:25 PM PDT by beaversmom
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