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Pony kicks escaped cheetah in face

The Local · 18 Jan 2012, 14:11

Published: 18 Jan 2012 14:11 GMT+01:00

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“The cheetah attacked the pony from behind, as they do in the wild. But all he got was a hoof, as the pony defended itself successfully,” Nicola Mögel, spokeswoman for Nuremberg Tiergarten zoo told The Local.

She said the pony was slightly hurt in the attack, but had been examined by a vet and was back in its enclosure.

The attack happened on Tuesday as the pony’s keeper took it and several other animals for a walk around the zoo, as is regularly the case to give them some exercise, Mögel said.

“Turbo the cheetah certainly lived up to his name. He somehow managed to jump over the fence and got out of his enclosure,” she said.

“The fence not only has electrified elements, spikes along the top and a sloping part to make it more difficult to get over, it is higher than the legal requirement. It is a least two metres high.”

She said zoo keepers had shot Turbo with a tranquiliser dart and taken him back to his enclosure.

He is not on show to the public but is being kept in an inside cage where he can nurse his bruises.

“We will have to check the fences to see what changes we might make,” Mögel said.

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Your comments about this article

15:01 January 18, 2012 by fantasy girl
Even a house cat is able to jump higher than 2 metres....
15:17 January 18, 2012 by freechoice
the prey did some serious damage to the predator, and it goes against the laws of nature! awesome!
17:50 January 18, 2012 by DOZ
Actually the predators don't always win, and usually sustain injuries from their prey if the prey is larger..
19:15 January 18, 2012 by marimay
Lol 2 meters for a cheetah. Common sense much?
20:07 January 18, 2012 by ovalle3.14
That awkard moment when a dwarf horse beats the crap out of you.
20:20 January 18, 2012 by Gretl
I think the gazelles they eat are pretty small. You know Turbo had been thinking about for a long, long time!
21:43 January 18, 2012 by wood artist
Clearly his hunting skills have fallen off over time.

00:33 January 19, 2012 by Whipmanager
It seems that this is a great case for PETA. The enclosure in the ZOO has damaged the Cheetah's natural abilities. I think that 2 Million euros damage should be adequate. Of course, a cross case must be filed by representatives of the Horse, against the Zoo and the Cheetah for attempted Murder and meyhem. Also, damages being awarded to the legal team and the horse, due to the failure of the Zoo to prevent the attack. I understand the Horse now has a twitch from the nerves he didnt have before.

The animals are having their rights taken from them and haven't voted to allow this. I am sure there is a constitutional right they each have, once to kill and the other to not be killed. This should go to the German Supreme Court and see if the High Justices could rule on society in general, and how these poor animals are treated....I see many more Local Articles on this as it makes its rounds through the court....

this is all tongue in Cheek, but it surprises me that no interviews with animal rights activists were interviewed in the making of this article.
19:24 January 19, 2012 by raandy
Ya ,his hunting skills were way off ,he should have bitten the a$$ off that pony.
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