Cheetahs are actually incredibly sensitive creatures despite being relatively large cats and the fastest animal on Earth. They become so stressed out that they are unable to interact socially and are unable to reproduce. They require assistance because they are vanishing, and the most unlikely of animal friendships provided the answer.
Since cheetahs require some assistance, zookeepers have been providing these creatures with their very own… emotional support dogs for years. According to Jack Grisham, “It’s a love story of one species helping another species thrive.” said Jack Grisham, coordinator of the North American cheetah species survival plan and vice president of animal collections at the St. Louis Zoo.
According to Janet Rose-Hinostroza, animal training manager at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, “A dominant dog is quite useful because the African animals are pretty timid instinctively, and you can’t breed that out of them.” “When a cheetah cub and a guide dog are together, the cat learns to imitate the behavior of the dog and looks to it for guidance. It’s about encouraging them to pick up on the cheetah support dog’s relaxed, upbeat energy, which makes them feel more self-assured and willing to get it on.