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Woman mauled by 2 cheetahs

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At least they didnt kill the cheetahs~

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,343174,00.html
post #2 of 12
Sounds like misdirection and over stimulation....on a larger scale. Good to know that she'll survive her injuries.
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I'm glad the lady is alright, and also glad the cats werent deemed dangerous(er)
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In this case, I would say they were just playing rough with her, the owner. (the woman is the owner, not someone from the public) The woman fell or as I read, was knocked down when the first Cheetah ran by her. Once down, the Cheetah started to bite and claw at her. Yes, the cats were over stimulated by the ball and wanted to play. Once the woman fell, they felt she was mainly a big toy for them. There is absolutely no reason to classify these Cheetah as dangerous. The woman who was injured even said, this was no big deal. When working with these cats, you know the risks. I am just happy that this was not someone from the public and that she was not seriously injured.
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I'm glad that the situation seems to be getting handled responsibly. But whoever was bouncing the ball nearby needs to be disciplined She was giving a demonstration; the background environment should have been nonintrusive - that would be like bouncing a ball in the audience of a golf tournament..
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Originally Posted by AmberThe Bobcat View Post
In this case, I would say they were just playing rough with her, the owner. (the woman is the owner, not someone from the public) The woman fell or as I read, was knocked down when the first Cheetah ran by her. Once down, the Cheetah started to bite and claw at her. Yes, the cats were over stimulated by the ball and wanted to play. Once the woman fell, they felt she was mainly a big toy for them. There is absolutely no reason to classify these Cheetah as dangerous. The woman who was injured even said, this was no big deal. When working with these cats, you know the risks. I am just happy that this was not someone from the public and that she was not seriously injured.
John, I couldnt have said it better!!
post #7 of 12
I may be misinformed, but I've always understood that cheetahs are "safe" around humans, because we don't move fast enough to trigger their hunting instinct. When I was a kid in the 60s, several celebrities actually kept cheetahs as pets. There's a German-Namibian family that has a cheetah sanctuary (their ranch), and there's often television coverage of volunteers and tourists interacting with the cats there.
post #8 of 12
Wow. Zissou does that all the time, I can only imagine a cheetah doing it.

OUCH! But I'm glad she and the cheetahs will all be okay.

Kind of reminds me of, I was in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago and went to the magic show in my hotel and he used a lot of big cats (showed a video of his sanctuary and his tv special about how he takes care of them, no circus tigers) and he brought a teenager-age lion out just to get him accustomed to the stage and it got pretty overstimulated and it almost got to that point-- it was definitely not what was supposed to happen! Just reminded me that wild cats are wild cats, and cats are cats, and you can't take an energetic predator and expect it to act like a lamb.
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I may be misinformed, but I've always understood that cheetahs are "safe" around humans, because we don't move fast enough to trigger their hunting instinct. When I was a kid in the 60s, several celebrities actually kept cheetahs as pets. There's a German-Namibian family that has a cheetah sanctuary (their ranch), and there's often television coverage of volunteers and tourists interacting with the cats there.

I've heard that too, but it doesn't sound to me like they were "hunting", they were just playing and didn't realize their own strength. I have a good feeling if they were trying to hunt, she wouldn't have "non-life threatening" injuries!
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I may be misinformed, but I've always understood that cheetahs are "safe" around humans, because we don't move fast enough to trigger their hunting instinct. When I was a kid in the 60s, several celebrities actually kept cheetahs as pets. There's a German-Namibian family that has a cheetah sanctuary (their ranch), and there's often television coverage of volunteers and tourists interacting with the cats there.
Yes, Cheetah are actually very calm around people. Same with cougars (they are very closely related to the Cheetah, but maybe a little more aggressive). Even in the wild, you really never hear of a Cheetah attacking humans. I have been up a close to Cheetah and they are just so sweet. One of my domestic cats, Baxter, would be terrible if he was a big cat. He loves to play very rough. In this case with the Cheetah, they got excited about the bouncing ball and needed to expend some of their energy. When the woman fell, as I said, they just saw her as a big huge toy to wrestle with.
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I've heard that too, but it doesn't sound to me like they were "hunting", they were just playing and didn't realize their own strength. I have a good feeling if they were trying to hunt, she wouldn't have "non-life threatening" injuries!
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Yes, Cheetah are actually very calm around people. Same with cougars (they are very closely related to the Cheetah, but maybe a little more aggressive). Even in the wild, you really never hear of a Cheetah attacking humans. I have been up a close to Cheetah and they are just so sweet. One of my domestic cats, Baxter, would be terrible if he was a big cat. He loves to play very rough. In this case with the Cheetah, they got excited about the bouncing ball and needed to expend some of their energy. When the woman fell, as I said, they just saw her as a big huge toy to wrestle with.
I'm just trying to picture what my hands and legs would look like if Jamie were the size of a cheetah. It really does seem that they were too "wound up", and not actually hunting or attacking her.

I was simply surprised to read that somebody was mauled by cheetahs - I can't recall similar reports.
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I was simply surprised to read that somebody was mauled by cheetahs - I can't recall similar reports.
Same here. I was thinking Cheetahs? No way!!
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