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.
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).
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.