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Zoo Gives Extremely Shy Cheetahs Their Own Emotional “Support Dogs”

When you think of cheetahs.. you imagine big, scary, fast cats that probably wouldn’t be too friendly if you were to meet them in the wild.

Funnily enough, these animals aren’t always the stereo type you imagine them to be but instead, they are quite shy.

They get anxious, find it hard to socialize with each other and manage to get really stressed. Poor things!

These poor animals are sadly becoming extinct… this has prompted people to do the unusual and create unexpected animal friendships.

You probably weren’t to know but for years now zookeepers have been assigning these animals their very ow emotional support dogs.

Vice president of animal collections at the St. Louis Zoo and species survival plan coordinator for cheetahs in North America, Jack Grisham, explained:

“It’s a love story of one species helping another species survive”

Janet Rose-Hinostroza, animal training supervisor at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park added:

“A dominant dog is very helpful because the African animals are quite shy instinctively, and you can’t breed that out of them”

“When you pair cheetah cub with a guide dog, the cat looks to the dog for cues and learns to model their behavior. It’s about getting them to read that calm, happy-go-lucky vibe from the dog”

I don’t know about you but i think that is truly adorable!

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