It's amazing how compassionate people can be, even in times of their own distress. And the parents of a boy attacked by a cheetah last week are a prime example.
Their 10-year-old son, Aiden Fry, was on a school trip to the Nambiti Game Reserve in South Africa when a cheetah held in an enclosure rushed at a fence and bit the boy's back. Aiden struggled to fight the cat off, and finally got free, but with some deep wounds.
As the boy went in for surgery and subsequent recovery, Craig and Donnette Fry found it in their hearts to not only forgive the animal for the incident, but to be concerned about the cat's welfare.
The Frys say that the cheetah obviously needs to be back in the wild. "We want the cheetah to be protected and placed in an environment where he needs to be," Donnette Fry told the BBC.
But it's complicated. The cheetah is being held in the Kwa Cheetah conservation center, a breeding facility at the reserve, which may ultimately prove good for the species. But the boy's parents are concerned about the individual cheetah's welfare. According to the BBC, the cheetah sprinted 50 miles per hour at the boundary of his enclosure and thrust his head and paws through the warped fence.