- Isaac Driver has his brave father to thank for saving his life from the jaws of the fastest and one of the deadliest big cats on earth
- The scary incident took place when the victim’s family was on special tour in Emdoneni Safari Park in Zululand, South Africa
- There were reportedly several people at the site, but for some reason the cheetah ignored everyone else and instead landed on the boy and started eating him
- Boy’s father emerged from nowhere, wrestled the beast to the ground and saved his son. Then the Safari Park officials did this
A holiday that was expected to be full of fun and happiness turned out to be a nightmare when the family of David Driver recently visited Emdoneni Safari Park in Zululand, South Africa. Driver’s 14 year old son, Isaac, nearly kicked the bucket.
The Wednesday morning tour started just fine, with no sign of anything going south. A group of about 20 people, including Driver's family members, were reportedly given permission by the wildlife guides to pat two cheetahs. The activity was being supervised by four guides.
As they left the enclosure, one of the cheetahs, which seemed restless, walked through the group and suddenly jumped on Isaac, Mr Driver’ son, and pushed him to the ground with full force.
“It pushed through a number of people at the site. At some point it caught my daughter’s top and ripped her top. It then went to my son, who was facing it, and pushed him to the ground,” Mrs Driver recalls.
Isaac’s father, David Driver, then emerged from nowhere, grabbed the cheetah, pulled it off his son and wrestled it to the ground.
“My husband saved him. Isaac is okay now, though he has injuries on his back and shoulder but he's not complaining about it,” says Mrs Driver.
Following the unfortunate and seemingly accidental incident, Emdoneni Safari Park management reportedly apologised and refunded Driver’s family the money they paid for the tour.
"I wouldn't like to see the Park get shut down if it's doing good things for the animals. But I also wouldn't like to see anybody else get hurt," says Mrs Driver.
On its website, Emdoneni notes that visitors can get close to the hand-reared cheetahs, but cautions that interaction depends on the cats’ moods.
The Park's management warns that visitors should keep in mind that the animals are still wild animals with a mind of their own. Anything could happen, so visitors must remain cautious.
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