World leaders are used to taking swipes – but perhaps not quite so literally.
Botswana's president, Ian Khama, had to have two stitches after a captive cheetah clawed his face, leaving him with “minor injuries,” a government spokesman told reporters in the southern African country Monday.
The spokesman, Jeff Ramsay, assured the Sunday Standard that the president was not attacked, but merely suffered “a freak accident.”
Questions arose when Khama showed up in public recently with bruises and a bandage on his face, according to news reports.
Ramsay told the Sunday Standard that the episode was so minor, officials initially saw no need to make a public statement.