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Rejected cheetah cub cuddles up with puppy pal

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 - 01:13

June 12 - A six-week-old cheetah cub that was rejected by its mother, is now ''best friends'' with a Rhodesian ridgeback puppy, and zoo officials say they'll be life-long companions. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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He's mans best friend, or in this case, the cheetah cub's. A Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy and 6-week-old cheetah cub have become BFF's at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) ZOO REPRESENTATIVE SAYING: "They definitely like to play. When they do take naps, they'll very often snuggle up together and just get that warmth and that closeness, but they very definitely play together." This little cheetah was rejected by his mother. And hand-raised by zookeepers who thought he needed a companion. (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) ZOO REPRESENTATIVE SAYING: "They are best friends. They will live together 24-hours a day. We are starting it a lot younger this time because the cheetah was by himself. He did not have any siblings, so we wanted him to have a companion immediately, because he needed those social skills and that interaction even as he is nursing and is growing up." Zookeepers say the dogs are very therapeutic to cheetahs. Their body language calms the cat, and let's them know there's nothing to fear. After sufficient bonding, they'll join four other cheetahs in the park's "Cheetah Run Experience." ... Remaining life-long companions.

Rejected cheetah cub cuddles up with puppy pal

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 - 01:13

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