A Scottish tourist visiting a South African cheetah reserve narrowly escaped being fatally mauled after two of the big cats turned on her.
Violet D’Mello, 60, from Aberdeen, Scotland, said they were told by staff at the Port Elizabeth game reserve that the cheetah brothers, Mark and Monty, were hand-reared from birth and “completely tame”.
When Mrs D’Mello tried to stop the girl’s brother from running to the gate, the cheetah turned on her, knocking her to the floor, grazing and gouging her head.
“They weren’t vicious. You could tell they were just excited, but it became serious very quickly,” she told South Africa’s Times newspaper.