Sunday, May 6, 2012

Archie D'Mello, Husband of the Year

The story of how a "Scottish* woman's 60th birthday turned brutal when two supposedly tame cheetahs attacked the woman at a game reserve in South Africa" — Cheetahs Mauls Woman on 60th Birthday Trip. The details:
    Violet D'Mello and her husband Archie were allowed to get up close and pet two brother cheetahs, Mark and Monty, at the Kragga Kamma Game Park in Port Elizabeth last weekend.

    "They seemed to be pretty docile. They said they were hand reared from cubs and were extremely tame and one could you know stroke them and not only that lay on them and they'll do nothing to you," Archie D'Mello said.

    The couple had just taken photos with the animals and were still in the petting area when one of the cats grabbed an 8-year-old girl by the leg.

    Violet D'Mello tried to stop the attack. After the girl ran for safety, D'Mello said both cheetahs turned on her in a savage attack that lasted for more than three minutes.

    Incredibly, Archie D'Mello kept taking pictures, documenting the horrific scene as the animals bit and scratched his wife's head, legs and stomach.

    Violet D'Mello said her instinct took over while a guide tried to pull the cats off of her.

    "Something inside me just said, 'Don't move. Don't move at all. Don't react, just play dead'," she told the Port Elizabeth Herald.
So, while the wife saw that "the cats [had] grabbed an 8-year-old girl by the leg" and "tried to stop the attack," the husband "kept taking pictures" of his wife being mauled! And this guy has the nerve to be interviewed about his cowardice!

* The couple may be Scottish citizens, but their surname and accents reveal them as Indian Catholics from the west coast of the subcontinent, where the Portuguese established colonies.

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Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


I don't know whether to be sad or infuriated! =( I couldn't watch the video you linked, but that's probably just as well.

Many years ago, I read another story in the news about a husband and wife who were attacked by a small crocodile. The wife was the first one targeted, so what the husband did was hit the croc on the snout until the croc bit him instead--and then while its teeth were clamped down on his forearm, he started walking backwards, dragging the animal as far away from his wife as possible.

May 8, 2012 at 5:23 AM  
Blogger love the girls said...

We had a cheetah as a pet. We got it when I was in grade school and had it for about 15 years until it died.

They are simply not dangerous.

A cheetah grabbing a person by the leg is not dangerous. and the worst that would happen is getting knocked down.

Even when a cheetah is upset it's not dangerous. Such as when I had to drag it out of the neighbor's horse corral before the neighbor could get his rifle to shoot it.

May 8, 2012 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

I watched the video. I looks like overdone sensationalism combined with an idiot for a game keeper. The game keeper should of just whacked the cheetahs in the head with his fist and all would be over with.

It should have taken no more than 5 seconds to separate them from the woman.

Our's used to always grab people by the leg. I would separate it and then it would sit there and purr while the person petted it.

btw, we also got ours when it was very young, and they really are naturally domestic and extremely affectionate.

May 8, 2012 at 7:36 PM  

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