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Cheetas acting like Cheetas. Go figure.
Posted by: mcq on Wednesday, February 14, 2007

It is thinking like this (or really, the lack thereof) that absolutely drives me nuts:
An animal lover was mauled to death by cheetahs after entering their cage at a zoo in northern Belgium, authorities and zoo officials said Monday.

Karen Aerts, 37, of Antwerp, was found dead in the cage, Olmense Zoo spokesman Jan Libot said. Police said they ruled out any foul play.

Authorities believe Aerts, a regular visitor to the zoo, hid in the park late Sunday until it closed and managed to find the keys to the cheetah cage.

"Karen loved animals. Unfortunately the cheetahs betrayed her trust," Libot said.
Betrayed her trust? Which of those dastardly Cheetas promised they wouldn't hurt her if she entered their cage?

There was no "betrayal" here.

She intruded upon their space. They most likely felt they or their turf was threatened. So they acted like Cheetas and did what Cheetas do in that case. They neutralized the threat.

"Betrayed her trust".

Good grief.
 
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It’s even worse: Most zoos have a policy of destroying animals who attack humans, for whatever reason. If this is the case here, her stupidity will result in getting the animals she loved killed. Who betrayed whom?
 
Written By: coyote
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When you act like food, don’t be surprised if you get eaten
 
Written By: steverino
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The idea that the Cheetah betrayed the woman’s trust was the interpretation of the zoo spokesman. Maybe the woman knew what would happen.

There is a phenomenon called "suicide by cop" in which people who want to die deliberately provoke the police to shoot them.

Maybe this was "suicide by cheetah."
 
Written By: Aldo
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"There is a phenomenon called "suicide by cop" in which people who want to die deliberately provoke the police to shoot them.

Maybe this was "suicide by cheetah." "

I dunno. I think I’d choose the cop one. Just sayin’.
 
Written By: cjd
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Maybe this was "suicide by cheetah."
Well, it’s faster than suicide by Cheetohs. Takes entirely too long for that florescent orange stuff to kill you.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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To be fair, there may be a translation issue here — maybe what he said in Belgianese was more along the lines of "her trust in them was misplaced". Surely the last thing a zoo spokesman would want to do in this situation is suggest that the animals themselves were somehow at fault.
 
Written By: kenB
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Well, it’s faster than suicide by Cheetohs. Takes entirely too long for that florescent orange stuff to kill you.
If that is what’s going on with Michael Moore it is indeed taking too long.
 
Written By: Aldo
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They most likely felt they or their turf was threatened.
Or they were hungry and something lower on the food chain walked right in. Gotta say, that is just DUMB. Yeah, they look cute and all, but let’s all remember they have big pointy teeth and claws. LOOK AT THE BONES!!!!
 
Written By: meagain
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To be fair, there may be a translation issue here — maybe what he said in Belgianese was more along the lines of "her trust in them was misplaced".
To be fair most Belgians speak or understand English pretty darn well.
 
Written By: McQ
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The following is a partial listing (796) of incidents involving captive big cats since 1990. These incidents have resulted in the killing or deaths of 234 big cats, 69 human deaths, more than 243 human maulings, 214 exotic cat escapes and 363 confiscations. http://www.bigcatrescue.org/big_cat_news.htm

To see a video of the mauling of a zoo keeper in 2006 go to http://www.bigcatrescue.org/animal_contact.htm

The Journal of Internal Medicine in 2006 estimated that 50 million people worldwide have been infected with zoonotic diseases since 2000 and as many as 78,000 have died. Read more about zoonotic diseases here: http://www.bigcatrescue.org/zoonosis.htm

To see the number of exotic cats abandoned each year go to http://www.bigcatrescue.org/animal_abuse.htm

To view a trend chart that shows the alarming escalation of big cat incidents here: http://www.bigcatrescue.org/Flash/BigCatBans/BigCatBanCharts.htm

The U.S. represents less than 5% of the entire global population, but 67% of ALL captive cat incidents occur in the U.S. Likewise, Florida represents less than 6% of the U.S. population while 13% of all U.S. incidents occur in Florida. California and Florida boast the most comprehensive sets of regulations allowing private ownership of exotic cats while ranking #3 and #1 respectively in the highest numbers of big cat killings, maulings and escapes. To view photos of fatal injuries from cases reported in the American Journal of Forensic Medicine click http://www.bigcatrescue.org/laws/AMJForensicFeline.pdf

 
Written By: Carole Baskin
URL: http://www.bigcatrescue.org/big_cat_news.htm
LOOK AT THE BONES!!!!
And a vicious streak a mile wide...

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
 
Written By: Tom Perkins
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Or they were hungry and something lower on the food chain walked right in.
No, cheetahs are small and eat small antelopes. SMALL BONES ONLY.
 
Written By: unaha-closp
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Natural Selection comes to mind...
 
Written By: EC
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Natural Selection comes to mind...
Or the old Larry Niven saying: "Think of it as evolution in action."
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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"Think of it as evolution in action."

Yep, and evolution works both ways. This woman lived to be 37, well past the age of reproduction. There is no telling how much pollution she has contributed to the gene pool. Perhaps it was all those cartoons as a child that taught her to think that predatory carnivores were cute and cuddly. They have fur, after all, and all furry things are cute and cuddly.
 
Written By: timactual
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It is thinking like this (or really, the lack thereof) that absolutely drive me nuts:
Know whatcha’ mean McQ. I lived in Alaska when this occurred.
Wildlife author killed, eaten by bears he loved (10-08-03)
And to timactual who said:
Perhaps it was all those cartoons as a child that taught her to think that predatory carnivores were cute and cuddly. Yeah, I remember people making that argument during the TV show "Grizzly Adams." And as if to support your argument is this from the linked article.
A self-proclaimed eco-warrior, he attracted something of a cult following too. Chuck Bartlebaugh of "Be Bear Aware,’’ a national bear awareness campaign, called Treadwell one of the leaders of a group of people engaged in "a trend to promote getting close to bears to show they were not dangerous.
"He kept insisting that he wanted to show that bears in thick brush aren’t dangerous. The last two people killed (by bears) in Glacier National Park went off the trail into the brush. They said their goal was to find a grizzly bear so they could ’do a Timothy.’
I a different article which I can’t google up Timothy was told that he might be eaten by bears and his response was<"I would be honored to be bear scat." Well, Timothy, consider yourself honored.
 
Written By: tom scott
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When I read the title, I thought this was going to be something about Democrats being snarling and vicious to each other...

But it was actually about cheetahs?
 
Written By: Brad Warbiany
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I think Peter Capstick called it ’Disney Syndrome’: stupid people who saw too many Disney ’documentaries’ on the gentle, friendly animals and believed them. And acted on them. And were really, really surprised when the furry critter chewed the tax reform act out of them.
 
Written By: Firehand
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