Violet and Monty (or is it Mark?) during happier times.
(Images courtesy RadarOnline)
This story is interesting from at least two angles.
First there’s the actual mauling:
The mortifying ordeal began at the Kragga Kamma Game Reserve, when 60-year-old Violet began petting one of the cheetahs, who reportedly began licking his lips. In what was said to last about three minutes, cheetah brothers Monty and Mark sprung in to action, mauling Violet. When a guide tried to pull the cheetah off of Violet, the other 4-year-old cheetah reportedly pinned the British woman to the ground.
The result: Violet nearly lost her eye with the injuries she sustained to her head, stomach, and legs.
An 8-year-old,Camryn Malan, also sustained injuries to her leg from one of the cheetahs biting her leg as she tried to flee.
And what was Archie reportedly doing while his wife almost got eaten alive?
He was taking the displayed pictures and reportedly didn’t try to help even once.
Pics or it didn’t happen? I wonder if there’s a large life insurance policy involved, by chance?
Oh, and then there’s the Game Reserve’s take on things:
While everyone present agrees that the incident has left them “traumatized,” Park manager Mike Cantorstill insists that the cheetahs were playing:
“I have grown up with these cheetahs and they are not aggressive animals,” Cantor said. “It is almost like they wanted to play with the woman. What happened was that a young girl got a bit uptight and then ran away and the cheetah grabbed her by the leg.”
Just a big ‘ol misunderstanding.