Puppy And Cheetah Cub Form A Friendship

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A cheetah cub that was rejected by its mother has found a true friend in a Rhodesian ridgeback puppy.

A cheetah cub that was rejected by its mother has found a true friend in a Rhodesian ridgeback puppy.

The cub, Ruuxa, was born without littermates, and it’s common for cheetah moms to abandon the lone offspring in such situations.

Realizing the little cat needed somebody to hang out with, keepers at the San Diego Safari Park found her a new companion.

Raina, the pup selected for the task, is also a baby.

Since being paired up the two have been inseparable, sleeping, playing and exploring with one another around the clock.

Said one of the trainers, "They're doing very well. They're three and a half months old. They're training, growing fast, doing lots of exciting things in their future."

In addition to being a pal to rough and tumble with, Raina has been helping Ruuxa keep her anxieties under control when encountering new people and places.

They’re both part of the park’s Animal Ambassador program and are 1 of 4 pairs.

It’s hoped that Ruuxa will one day become part of the park’s Cheetah Run experience.

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