Sunday, 6 May 2012

Violet D'Mello tells of Port Elizabeth cheetah mauling

A British tourist who tried to protect a girl being mauled by captive cheetahs has told of how the animals then turned on her.
Violet D'Mello, 60, from Aberdeen, said she survived by "playing dead" at the Kragga Kamma Game Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa last weekend.
She and another family had entered the enclosure for a photo next to the cats when the child was attacked.
Mrs D'Mello told the Port Elizabeth Herald the incident was a "nightmare".
She had intervened when one of the cheetahs grabbed the girl from the family.
"They weren't being vicious," she said. "You could tell they were just excited, but it became serious very quickly.

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