Tales from tourists visiting a Lion Park in South Africa:
The cheetah was really scary. It was running around its pen and going crazy. In the pen with it was a wiener dog. The guide said that they were best friends and that the dog didn’t want to be anywhere else except with his best buddy, the cheetah. In my opinion this was not the case. That “vienna dog”, as they call them here, was doomed. That cheetah was waiting for us to leave so it could eat it! In the cheetah pen the 3 of us looked like big babies. We kept screaming and hiding behind the guide, Rocco. The cheetah was all riled up and it’s the only cat that cannot retract its claws – that was pretty unappealing to me. I honestly thought that the headlines were going to read: “Three American college students mauled by ‘docile’ cheetah”. It was terrifying, but it was still a lot of fun. In the end the cheetah calmed down a bit and let us pet it. That was nice.
Click here to see the full-size photo.