A cheetah cub, rejected by his mother, is paired with a domestic dog for companionship. Roselle Chen reports.
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While their adults selves may tell a different story, for now, three and a half month old Cheetah cub, Ruuxa, and his female puppy companion, Raina, are the best of friends - wrestling, running and playing together at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
The two pups have been raised together as ambassador animals.
Ambassador cheetahs are paired with dogs to provide companionship and help them stay calm in public settings.
Ruuxa was paired with Raina after the cheetah's mother rejected the young cub.
Larissa Comb is the zoo's senior animal trainer:
SOUNDBITE: Larissa Comb, senior animal trainer at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, saying (English):
They're three and a half months old, they're training, doing great, growing fast. Lots of exciting things in their future."
The young ambassadors have been raised in the Safari park animal care center but the pair will soon move to a permanent new home together.
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