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UK woman on holiday, attacked by cheetahs

Last Updated: Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 00:02

Johannesburg: A holiday in South Africa turned into a nightmare for a 60-year-old Scottish tourist after two Cheetahs attacked her while visiting a big cat enclosure.

Violet D`Mello was visiting a big cat enclosure on a game reserve when a `tame` cheetah lunged at her.

She was knocked to the floor by the hand-reared beast which then bit her head.

Violet, from Aberdeen, played dead as a guide frantically tried to pull the animal off - but she was then attacked by a second cheetah.
After several minutes, Violet was able to get to her feet and make a run for it.

"This was meant to be a holiday, but it`s really turned into a nightmare," Violet told www.Timeslive.Co.Za.

Violet had been holidaying with her husband Archibald at the Kragga Kamma game reserve near Port Elizabeth.

The couple were allowed into a cheetah enclosure to meet two brothers, Mark and Monty, who had been hand-reared since birth.

"We were told they were completely tame," Violet said.
Violet was treated in hospital for minor injuries.

Park manager Mike Cantor said: "It`s not something we`ve experienced before. We are investigating the matter to figure out what could have triggered the behaviour."


First Published: Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 00:02

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