Puppy meets rambunctious baby cheetah orphan (video)

I came upon this video a few days ago. A 6-week-old cheetah cub meets a 7-week-old Rhodesian ridgeback puppy. The video was shot at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

It’s kind of a sad story.  The cheetah cub was an only child. And as cheetahs are usually born in litters of three to five cubs, Ruuxa’s mother rejected him at birth. So the zoo keepers stepped in.

OMG, look at her:

Ruuxa the cheetah cub, from the San Diego Zoo.

Ruuxa the cheetah cub.

And, because cheetahs are usually born with littermates, the zoo wanted Ruuxa to have a companion, so they decided to socialize him with the ridgeback puppy named Raina. The goal is to have them remain companions for life (I’m surprised the cheetah wouldn’t eat the dog once they grew up).

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From the description over at YouTube:

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Apparently, the Cheetah Run experience is a program where people pay to come see the Cheetah run.

I’m still fascinated that the cheetah doesn’t end up eating the dog.


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  • dcinsider

    Way cute.

    Of course it’s all fun and games until someone gets eaten.

  • Indigo

    Cute! Cat & Dog litter mates. That often works out fairly well.

  • mirror

    P.S. Looks like Namibia has exported the Kangal guard dog system to Tanzania!

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201311160168.html

  • mirror

    I’m a total sucker for Duma and Fly Away Home.

  • mirror

    John, I encourage you to learn more about Cheetahs. They are very interesting animals. Dig around a little at the Cheetah Conservation Fund site. http://cheetah.org/

    Cheetahs evolved for speed and they really aren’t equipped for battling and defeating other carnivores. Their paws are rather like dogs paws and they have musculature built for chasing not fighting. Wild cheetahs are almost totally harmless to humans so they can live in close proximity or even intermixed with human settlement – as long as they can be kept from killing live stock like goats. A cheetah will pretty much starve to death before attacking a human. Namibia has a fascinating and apparently quite successful program that has grown up there for livestock herders to have Kangal guard dogs from Turkey live with their herds to deter cheetahs. Here’s a YouTube video about it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uvzk2iSAwX0

    Cheetahs raised by humans really get quite domesticated compared to other big cats (or even small cats like the crazy cat you described to us several months ago) and aren’t a danger for the kind of sudden unpredictable attacks like you see with lions, tigers, leapards, etc. Cheetahs just have a totally different personality make up. For example, you wouldn’t have to worry about one trapping you in the bathroom…

  • JC

    Cheetahs are actually (for the most part) quite docile around humans and even other animals (if introduced them young before prey drive kicks in). They are kept as domesticated animals (though I don’t really approve of that). And rent the movie Duma. It’s adorable and actually quite good (same director who did Black Stallion and Fly Away Home). Adorbs!

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