D'Mello describes the attack to the Mail Online: "I never imagined it would attack me because I was an adult. But the next thing I knew I was on the floor and the cheetah was right on top of me. It started scratching me really badly and then I could feel the other one come up too and one of them got my neck in its mouth. I was just screaming and trying to get my hands up around my neck to protect myself, but I was being bitten all over my legs and down my side near my kidneys. People all around were screaming, and I had no idea how I would escape. Something inside me just said, 'Don't move. Don't move at all. Don't react, just play dead.' "