A Scottish woman got badly mauled by two tame cheetahs on her 60th birthday, turning the happy day into a tragic one.
The petting of tame cheetahs was supposed to be a birthday present for Violet D'Mello, who had turned 60-year-old on that day. But the birthday present turned sour as the same cheetahs badly mauled the newly turned 60-year-old woman. Last weekend, Violet D'Mello and her husband, Archie, were allowed to get close to and pet two tame cheetahs at the Kragga Kamma Game Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, but that is one decision which both of them really regretted. The two cheetahs were named Mark and Monty, and never before had they attacked any human being. The attack did come as a shock to the cheetah keepers, who had never witnessed such a thing in their lives.
“They seemed to be pretty docile. They said they were hand reared from cubs and were extremely tame and one could you know stroke them and not only that lay on them and they’ll do nothing to you,” Archie D’Mello said, according to a report on msnbc.com.
According to reports, the incident happened during the day time, when Violet D'Mello and her husband were taking pictures of the cheetahs. Both were still in the petting area and all of a sudden, one of the cheetahs attacked an 8-year-old girl. The girl ran for cover and Violet D'Mello ran after her to keep her safe from the cheetahs.
At once, the two cheetahs attacked D'Mello and mauled her badly. The attack lasted for three minutes and during all this time her husband kept taking pictures of her and even made a movie of the horrific incident. A caretaker then tried to pull the cheetahs away and Violet D'Mello surprisingly walked away from the scene with no life-threatening injuries. After the incident, she told the reporters in an interview that her instincts took over and she played dead during the attack, probably that helped her stay alive. She did get a lot of cuts and bites in her stomach, legs and head and lost a lot of blood. She received a number of stitches in her head and legs, but she is now doing quite well.
The authorities at the park are investigating the incident and they have temporarily closed the petting area for visitors at the moment.