Cheetah has a pet dog?
The San Diego Wild Animal Park has a program that lets visitors meet a Cheetah named Majani and his dog Clifford. The Zoo paired the two up to help Majani feel more comfortable with the crowds of people and new situations.
I don't agree with using wild animals for human entertainment. It's an accident waiting to happen. No matter how tame a wild cat is, they are unpredictable and act on instinct which means that they can hurt people by accident. Then in most cases where humans are hurt, the cat is killed. The cat was acting like a cat but a human got hurt in the process so the cat suffers for what is usually the human's mistake. Anyway, that's a topic for another day.
But in this case, I think the San Diego Zoo is on to a good idea. What the San Diego Zoo has done is domesticated a Cheetah kitten named Majani and paired him with a dog named Clifford. Because Cheetahs are skittish and very unpredictable, having a dog who is more comfortable with people helps the cheetah feel more at ease.
The idea came to the cheetah trainer six years ago when they were walking to an event and Majani saw a big green garbage can for the first time and was afraid of it. Clifford ran right up to the garbage can and sniffed it, Majani saw this and immediately felt at ease and walked on fearlessly. Since then, Clifford has accompanied Majani on all of his appearances.
Some domestic cats love dogs and it seems quite logical that a wild cat would take to a dog too. When you think about it, their personality traits are well suited to one another. Cheetahs are cautious and worried about hunting and unusual things in their environment, and dogs generally are more relaxed and trusting. Opposites attract even in the animal world!
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