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Aftermath of Cheetah Attack: Struggle to Obtain Justice and Compensation — 15 Comments

  1. This has all been handled so badly by both the school and the Kwa Cheetah breeding centre. It seems those responsible have just shrugged their shoulders and walked away. To now learn that a troll has been making things even worse for the family is unforgiveable.

    Donnette: I really admire that even under the circumstances, you bear no ill will towards the cheetahs themselves.

    Personally I don’t think the Kwa Breeding Centre should remain open as they don’t appear to release any of their animals back into the wild and they are continuing to put other visitors and volunteers in danger. In most cases these ‘volunteers’ pay around GBP 3,000 (USD 4,700) to help out at what they believe are genuine conservation charities.

    Would you consider sharing your experience with the volunteers FB group? It might save someone else from being attacked, especially if they are allowed inside the enclosures with the animals.


    I’ve sent a little something to your fundraiser & wish you and your family well for the future. In the meantime I hope that those responsible grow a conscience and offer to cover Aiden’s ongoing medical expenses.

    • Michele, you say that the volunteers pay the cheetah breeding centre for the pleasure of being volunteers. Is that correct? It seems to me that the more I hear about this organisation which presents to the world that they are involved in high moral issues concerned with conservation, the more I realise that they are not involved in conservation but making money. But they’re not unusual in that respect. There are so many people in South Africa who dress up their activities as conservation when they are in fact businesses making money out of wildlife. Humans do have a particular knack at making money out of wild species in all kinds of ways. The international trade in wild species dead or alive is worth billions annually. It is shocking and for me very depressing.

      • Apologies Michael, I hadn’t meant to imply that this cheetah breeding centre charges volunteers a fee to work there. Whilst I understand that volunteers at Kwa pay for their food and accomodation, I don’t know if other fees are payable. Sorry for the confusion.

        However, it is true that many so-called ‘conservation’ organisations (especially in South Africa) do charge volunteers an additional fee on top of food, accomodation etc. Another common ruse is to charge higher than local tourist rates for food and accomodation.

        I’m sure most volunteers don’t mind paying more if costs are transparent and all profits are guaranteed to benefit animals who will eventually be released into protected areas. Sadly not all organisations are well intentioned and many volunteers have unwittingly helped raise lion cubs for the canned hunting trade 🙁

        • Hi Michael and Michelle, just as an aside – we have it on extremely reliable information that in fact the volunteers do pay (or did pay) for working (volunteering) at the centre. And they pay dearly. #ForTheLoveOfWildlife

          I doubt whether when getting involved they realise that it is a commercial business and with the best intentions in the world get involved.

    • Michele, I thought I recognised the name. You are an angel. I have no words – thank you xoxoxo

      In terms of volunteers paying, yes we know this to be true. It has been confirmed by the highest of high Wildlife Authorities in South Africa.

      If you would like me to briefly mention Aiden’s experience on the group I will gladly do so. If it will assist others in making decisions, then we have done the right thing.

      In terms of the commercial activities now having been closed down by the authorities, and the firm commitment that no harm will come to the animals, we can almost feel the relief and frustration levels drop as they don’t have to be peered at and leered at by hundreds of strange humans.

      We are of course getting troll attacks on Aiden’s Angels Facebook page which I did not set up but which was set up by some young school children who desperately want to help. I have had to come in and delete, monitor and block, because no one should have to read some of the nonsense that is being written there, but I do invite you to join. Sooner rather than later, it will be a fun page of a little boy getting back to normal #Excited I cannot tell you ♥

      Aiden did ask me last night, “Mommy, is Sky going to be all right?” And I promised him that Sky was going to be absolutely fine, and is being monitored by people who are involved for the right reasons.

  2. why don’t these people just admit to this liability and pay. Donnette don’t back down. Aiden deserves justice. That fence should have been tighter and stronger. They need to pay.

    • Dear Debra, I fell in love with you 🙂 We are trying but without the funds to take legal action we have to sit back and wait. A Crowdfunder has been set up to assist with Aiden’s medical bills and Michael has been amazing, and has featured the link on his article.

      We in turn have thanked Michael and his readers on the Funding page at the following link (not spam I promise) – I feel it is the least we can do to thank you for your support.


      BTW Michael is the first person in the world to have had access to and publish the photographs of Aiden’s serious injuries. We trust Michael with Aiden because Michael is just – well trustworthy, factual, no-nonsense, well-researched, and calls a spade a spade.

      SO THANK YOU to all for your comments and support. We will continue with the fundraiser until there is enough to cover existing accounts – we are about R70000 off as we stand – and deal with the next set when it arises 🙂

      Your support is amazing, thank you so much.

      • I will email you about a follow up page if that is okay. The story is developing and in the right direction at the moment.

  3. Michael_
    Thank you for posting this story about Aiden and the injuries he sustained from a cheetah. I hope he gets the follow up care he needs.

  4. I think you’ve covered this unfortunate issue very well. It seems irresponsible not to pay for the ongoing medical care, which in the long run could set up a serious future financial consequences for the breeding center.

    • Yes, it should be a case of full compensation without necessarily admitting liability. This would fix the problem immediately.

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