This unfortunate case, follows an incident in which a New Zealand father managed to save his teen son after the youngster was reportedly attacked by a cheetah at a safari park in Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal last week – See News24’s coverage here.

According to Radio New Zealand, Dave Driver and his family were touring the Emdoneni Safari Park on Wednesday 15 March and a group of around 20 other people to pet two cheetahs while guides supervised.

However information has since surfaced, as yet unconfirmed, alleging a similar incident happened at the same safari park, just a day before Driver’s son was attacked – once again igniting the call for wildlife interactions and petting to be stopped.