Man photographs cheetahs attacking wife


Violet D'Mello of Aberdeen, Scotland is attacked by cheetahs while being photographed by her husband Archibald, during a visit to Kragga Kamma game reserve near Port Elizabeth, South Africa on April 28. AP

JOHANNESBURG—The photos taken by a tourist from Scotland show his wife on the ground, hair flying, blood on her neck, with two cheetahs nearby.

The Port Elizabeth Herald reported Friday that Violet D’Mello of Aberdeen, Scotland, was attacked by cheetahs on April 28 while in a petting pen with the animals at a game reserve near Port Elizabeth in southeastern South Africa.

It says she was attacked while trying to protect young children from another group that was in the enclosure at the same time. Her husband took photos of the attack, which were published by the local newspaper and others.

One of the photos taken by Archie D’Mello shows Violet D’Mello smiling and posing with a cheetah raised by humans in the enclosure, before, as she told the Herald, “it became serious very quickly.”

One of two cheetahs in the enclosure first grabbed a young girl, leaving her with scratches and cuts that needed stitches, the Herald reported. D’Mello tried to calm the child and her brother, and ended up also being attacked. She told the BBC she had numerous bite and puncture marks, and that her scalp was “sliced open.”

The cheetahs “weren’t being vicious. You could tell they were just excited,” Violet D’Mello told the Herald.

The Herald said park staff and other visitors pulled the cats off. The D’Mellos continued their holiday in South Africa.

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  • ExpatSteve

    He kept taking pictures while his was was attacked? Great husband! Maybe there was an interesting exchange of views later?

  • Noypi

    weren’t being vicious raw.. sige na lang… 

  • Regd

    He shoots frames while his wife was in danger? Expect a vicious marital scrimmage after it!

  • Political Jaywalker

    The wife who says the cheetahs was just being playful and excited, yeah almost got her ripped apart and they are just a “little” excited, lol.

    Then the husband kept on shooting, was he getting excited too? Hmmmmm, was he trying to get rid of his wife and at the same time trying to get published and famous?

  • BurgerBeacon

    In fairness, naka poise pa rin yung wife habang sinasambunutan ng cheetah.  

  • A Primitive Baptist

    wild is wild. I don’t care to pet them even if a hundred angels from heaven testified they were tame.

  • ronaldo hoffnervonstyggenein

    No You are wrong , The wife was probably Filipina and did not complain read the story.

    • JK1000

      Idiot ! she’s not  filipina.

      • Paulino

        IT… WAS….. A…. JOKE! develop a sense of humor people

    • tuesday

      you moron uneducated racist! she is not a Filipina!

  • joeldcndcn

    well, its good that they didn’t like the taste of her “blood”, or they could have “sliced” her throat,
     don’t blame those wild animals, for being wild as their nature calls for it, he, he, he! some people think they could “tame” wild animals,  they couldn’t even “tame” their own husbands, tsk, tsk, tsk!

  • pepito gwaps

    Useless husband. Photo is more important than his wife!! I suggest dispose this kind of husband.

  • Jao Romero

    wow. that’s what you call a dedicated photographer.

  • yhr

    A worthless husband, preferring a photo scoop he can post and brag about in Facebook or sell to stock photo agencies. A first class douchebag.

  • travhops

    Letting people in their enclosure is insanity, firstly.  Why would a husband snap photos instead of trying to help her?  She was trying to save a child – he was after his 15 minutes.

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