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(Metro)   South African woman sells everything she owns to turn her house into sanctuary for wild animals, giving the cheetahs, leopard and wolves complete freedom to roam through it. You should probably expect a story with the Follow-Up tag shortly   (metro.co.uk ) divider line
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2009-04-02 08:39:22 AM  
I automatically think of Mike Rowe saying "Here, Bobby!" in falsetto.
 
2009-04-02 09:30:10 AM  

NikolaiFarkoff: I automatically think of Mike Rowe saying "Here, Bobby!" in falsetto.


I loved that monkey.
 
2009-04-02 09:32:27 AM  
'A beauty therapist once asked me about my skin products because I didn't have a single dead cell on my skin - I told her it was a cheetah's tongue'

When I was seventeen, I got a kitten who had the habit of licking my face all over. My acne cleared up fast. It was bizarre.

Big cat sanctuaries for pets people can't take care of anymore are great ideas. Buying a cheetah just because you want one? Not a good idea.
 
2009-04-02 09:34:14 AM  
So, like, she has no skin?

Because skin is dead skin cells.
 
2009-04-02 09:37:01 AM  

Darkraven: So, like, she has no skin?

Because skin is dead skin cells.


Except for the live ones, yes.
 
2009-04-02 09:39:01 AM  
Or the fail tag.
 
2009-04-02 09:41:15 AM  
people do this pretty frequently, think of the owl sanctuaries, and such

no i haven't read the article but i will now
 
2009-04-02 09:41:56 AM  
'A beauty therapist once asked me about my skin products because I didn't have a single dead cell on my skin - I told her it was a cheetah's tongue'

Uhm....anywhere?
Wonder if she had to use peanut-butter?
 
2009-04-02 09:41:57 AM  
Chinchillazilla


Big cat sanctuaries for pets people can't take care of anymore are great ideas. Buying a cheetah just because you want one? Not a good idea

My thoughts exactly and there's this...

FTFA: Her brood - reminiscent of the one on ITV's Wild At Heart drama - has been increasing ever since thanks to visitor donations and she now boasts nine cheetahs, three leopards, two wolves, a jaguar, a lion and three dogs. They chomp their way through 25kg (55lb) of meat a day.

She falls into a category one of the wildlife clinicians at my vet school likes to talk about: people who use the term "rescuer" to fund their obsession.

I notice that the article doesn't mention that she has any prior experience working with a large carnivores and she has amassed this large collection in just three years.

This will end badly.
 
2009-04-02 09:43:31 AM  

MoggyLXIX: 'A beauty therapist once asked me about my skin products because I didn't have a single dead cell on my skin - I told her it was a cheetah's tongue'

Uhm....anywhere?
Wonder if she had to use peanut-butter?


The cheetah's name is Toby?
 
2009-04-02 09:44:12 AM  

tiamet4: C
This will end badly.


you know it's going to be a big cat fight
 
2009-04-02 09:48:42 AM  

tiamet4: I notice that the article doesn't mention that she has any prior experience working with a large carnivores and she has amassed this large collection in just three years.


Yeah. To be honest, I'm amazed that they seem to have tolerated each other, let alone the dogs and her. One, cheetahs are mostly solitary. Two, lions often kill cheetahs in the wild. Same with leopards, if I'm not mistaken. And... oh man, this is just begging for trouble.

/I'm sad now
 
2009-04-02 09:49:59 AM  
White people in Africa is the crazy.
 
2009-04-02 09:50:09 AM  
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2009-04-02 09:51:50 AM  
How we view wild animals ...

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How wild animals view us ...

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2009-04-02 09:54:58 AM  

KentuckyBob: White people in Africa is the crazy.


how so? South Africa was a dutch colony at one time.
 
2009-04-02 09:54:58 AM  
My money's on the wolves.
 
2009-04-02 09:55:35 AM  
img1.fark.net : She was delicious.
 
2009-04-02 09:56:25 AM  
I hope this ends as a caturday thread.
 
2009-04-02 09:58:26 AM  
For the south african farkers (intrigues desire if she's the only one) how unusual is this?
 
2009-04-02 09:59:27 AM  

wren337: My money's on the wolves.


Mine's on the cats.
 
2009-04-02 10:02:14 AM  
I want her eaten on video.....
 
2009-04-02 10:07:13 AM  
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2009-04-02 10:08:06 AM  
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/approves
 
MrT
2009-04-02 10:08:54 AM  

tiamet4: This will end badly.


On the contrary. The inevitable outcome of this is as nature intended. I just hope they don't put the animal that kills her down.
 
2009-04-02 10:16:03 AM  
That's gonna get her some crazy pussy. She's gonna have so much pussy she won't know what to do with it. She is literally going to be up to her ears in nothing but pussy.

/Pussy.
//Apologies to JC'sSecondTerm
 
2009-04-02 10:21:55 AM  
As soon as the cheetah thinks she's a lyin

or the lion thinks she's a cheeta

there will be trouble
 
2009-04-02 10:24:23 AM  
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2009-04-02 10:32:48 AM  
Cheetahs are actually pretty easy to domesticate from what I've heard, They're not like Lions and tigers where, although you can tame them, they could still rip off your arm if they get pissed.

Provided you can give them the exercise they need and afford to feed them, they're pretty good pets
 
2009-04-02 10:40:23 AM  
'They all live together harmoniously,' said Ms van Nieuwenhuizen, of Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Sure, as long as that 55 lbs. of meat comes every day. The day it doesn't...

I've got $10 that says the dogs get eaten first. Any takers?
 
2009-04-02 10:42:51 AM  
The cheetahs will be no problem at all. The lion and leopards will eventually go for her.

I love wild animals, but hoarding is an emotional disease usually caused by hormonal problems in old ladies...and the desire to have "love" with absolutely no demands or standards applied to oneself in return (other than coming up with food).

This is an absolutely classic case.
Old biddy psycho, apparently with a bunch of inherited money.
Not uncommon in S.A., Namibia, or around many of the East African game parks.

It's pretty easy to get a 'science' permit in Africa if you've got the spare Krugerands to bribe officials.
 
2009-04-02 10:44:45 AM  

wren337: My money's on the wolves.


No way I think a big cat is more deadly than a wolf. More agile, claws and teeth, and a lot faster.
 
2009-04-02 10:46:46 AM  

drunkenmidnight: wren337: My money's on the wolves.

No way I think a big cat is more deadly than a wolf. More agile, claws and teeth, and a lot faster.


And they aren't generally social creatures, with the exception of lions. She's likely going to get caught in a territory fight between 2 of them.
 
2009-04-02 10:51:49 AM  

IKillBugs: drunkenmidnight: wren337: My money's on the wolves.

No way I think a big cat is more deadly than a wolf. More agile, claws and teeth, and a lot faster.

And they aren't generally social creatures, with the exception of lions. She's likely going to get caught in a territory fight between 2 of them.


Plus, lions are territorial with other big cats. They'll fight the cheetahs and leopards even if the lions themselves get along fine.
 
2009-04-02 10:58:42 AM  

loonatic112358: For the south african farkers (intrigues desire if she's the only one) how unusual is this?


I grew up there and I find this farked...most of us don't even keep dogs in the house.

KentuckyBob: White people in Africa is the crazy.


I am European African and proud...
 
2009-04-02 11:00:20 AM  

Chinchilla Zilla: IKillBugs: drunkenmidnight: wren337: My money's on the wolves.

No way I think a big cat is more deadly than a wolf. More agile, claws and teeth, and a lot faster.

And they aren't generally social creatures, with the exception of lions. She's likely going to get caught in a territory fight between 2 of them.

Plus, lions are territorial with other big cats. They'll fight the cheetahs and leopards even if the lions themselves get along fine.


All she needs is a pack of hyenas to light this powder keg.
 
2009-04-02 11:03:30 AM  

MoggyLXIX: loonatic112358: For the south african farkers (intrigues desire if she's the only one) how unusual is this?

I grew up there and I find this farked...most of us don't even keep dogs in the house.
.

wikth the abundance of wild animal shelters up here, I was wondering if she was trying to do the same thing

but as others have made a point, on second thought she seems more of a cat big cat lady
 
2009-04-02 11:11:41 AM  
I'm South African and I have 2 dogs. Cheetahs not so much.
 
2009-04-02 11:22:41 AM  
Does she have a caribou nibbling her croquet hoops?

/obscure?
 
2009-04-02 11:23:56 AM  
loonatic112358
For the south african farkers (intrigues desire if she's the only one) how unusual is this?

About as usual as a thin American.

/snark
 
2009-04-02 12:00:28 PM  
It bothers me when people do this just so that they can have a giant furry playmate. You're taking an animal that has fought its way to the top of the evolutionary ladder for hundreds of millions of years, has developed razor sharp senses as well as claws, muscles powerful enough to rip through cars, and you have it drinking from a bowl of cream on your bed? It's like owning a formula 1 race car and just taking it out once a week to the grocery store down the block. It's insulting to the animal.

Why don't we set up TV shows of big predators hunting animals, affix mini cameras to their heads and let them run wild in a big enclosed range, say the Midwest? You know people would watch which would provide revenue that would go into medical care, the range that they lived in, and buying more game animals, and the predatory animals would get to hunt the way nature intended, I see no down side to this. Anyone who saw that part of Planet Earth were like 30 lions took down that elephant knows what I'm talking about, that was awesome.
 
2009-04-02 12:07:04 PM  

loonatic112358: MoggyLXIX: loonatic112358: For the south african farkers (intrigues desire if she's the only one) how unusual is this?

I grew up there and I find this farked...most of us don't even keep dogs in the house.
.
wikth the abundance of wild animal shelters up here, I was wondering if she was trying to do the same thing but as others have made a point, on second thought she seems more of a cat big cat lady


Came here to say This...coming soon on FOX: 'EXTREME Cat Ladies!'
 
2009-04-02 12:16:11 PM  

ManicParroT: loonatic112358
For the south african farkers (intrigues desire if she's the only one) how unusual is this?

About as usual as a thin American.

/snark


there's quite a few thin americans, so, this happens daily then?
 
2009-04-02 12:22:23 PM  

drunkenmidnight: No way I think a big cat is more deadly than a wolf. More agile, claws and teeth, and a lot faster.


IANAWE but I'm with you. I would much rather face down a wolf than a cat. Probably because I think of a wolf as kind of like a dog, and a human can usually scare off an aggressive dog just by being aggressive back (I used to run in the country a lot, and got a lot of practice stopping dogs from chasing me).

Now, if it was a pack of wolves or a lone cat I would probably take the cat.

/should really get back to work
 
2009-04-02 12:41:08 PM  
Actually, it's a little known fact that Cheetah's are extremely docile, and not likely to attack. In fact they're pretty approachable even in the wild.

I was in Botswana visiting family a couple of years ago, and encountered 2 cheetahs in the bush. They where chilling out, and as we got closer they started purring... really bizarre.

We snapped these shots:
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2009-04-02 12:48:04 PM  
A little more to the story...
Link (new window)
 
2009-04-02 12:49:47 PM  

Jazman: We snapped these shots:


That is the COOLEST! Very awesome :)
 
2009-04-02 12:57:27 PM  
files.me.com

That is a WILD cheetah?! You're lucky... I know house cats that would take a swing at you there, just on principle.
 
2009-04-02 01:08:59 PM  
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2009-04-02 01:13:07 PM  

No Such Agency: That is a WILD cheetah?! You're lucky... I know house cats that would take a swing at you there, just on principle.


Believe me, it was the most bizarre experience...!

My cousin lives in Botswana in the bush, and we were driving towards Khutse to go camping (which in itself is another crazy story), my cousin's husband spotted the cheetahs, stopped the car & got out... I almost had a heart-attack when the cheetah's got up and approached him - but they were friendly & they were purring just like a house cat.

If I didn't have videos and pictures of the whole thing, people would have never believed it... in fact I sometimes can't believe it happened myself!

That is indeed a wild cheetah! It was extremely large, about the size of a great dane... and it took me about 1/2 hour to get up the courage to touch it.
 
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