Ian Khama, the president of Botswana, got too close to a caged cheetah at a national Defence Force barracks last week and received a whack in the face from the big cat.
The cheetah managed to get its claws into Khama's skin, requiring him to get two stitches. According to the BBC, other government officials think this is NBD.
"The incident 'a freak accident, but not an attack', government spokesman Jeff Ramsay told local media.
"Mr Khama's injuries were minor and there were 'no real security implications', the official added.
"The incident is said to have happened very fast, catching the president and his bodyguard by surprise.
"'He was scratched by a cheetah but not really attacked per se,' said Mr Ramsay."