Cheetahs Are So Shy That Zoos Provide Emotional “Support Dogs” For Them

You wouldn’t imagine one of the quickest and most lethal animals on the earth to be sensitive. Cheetahs, on the other hand, are just like this. In fact, they might get so worried and disturbed that they are unable to interact or reproduce. That is why these lovely felines require assistance. And the ideal solution came from an unlikely source.

Following research of their behavior, it became clear that individuals require support. As a result, zookeepers are now allocating them emotional support dogs of their own.“It’s a love tale about one species helping another live,” said Jack Grisham, vice president of animal collections at the St. Louis Zoo and North American cheetah species survival plan coordinator.

“A dominating dog is really useful because African animals are naturally timid, and you can’t breed that out of them,” Janet Rose-Hinostroza, animal training supervisor at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, says.

“When a cheetah cub is paired with a guide dog, the cat watches the dog for clues and learns to mimic their behavior.”

It’s all about getting them to read the dog’s calm, happy-go-lucky attitude” – which boosts their confidence and willingness to get it on.