A three-year-old boy died today after being attacked by a cheetah on a farm at Philippolis in the Free State.
Police spokesperson Motantsi Makhele said the boy was attacked by a cheetah and then airlifted to a hospital in Bloemfontein.
However, on the way there he succumbed to his injuries.
Makhele said the incident happened on the Tiger Canyons Farm.
Well-known filmmaker and owner of the farm, John Varty, confirmed in an interview with OFM News that the incident happened on his farm.
He said earlier reports that the child was attacked by a tiger are untrue and that it was, in fact, a cheetah.
Varty said it is not clear yet what happened but the son of one of his workers on the farm, Jacob Pieterse, was attacked and died.
The police confirmed that an inquest docket was opened and no-one was arrested in connection with the boy’s death.
Cathy Dlodlo- Courant News