While Cheetah Hunt promises to bring thrills and chills, it's not the only new cat in town. A few weeks ago Busch Gardens Africa, located in Tampa Florida, showed off photos of their new kitty, a five week old male cheetah who after being rejected by his mother, has been adopted by the park.
The parks animal care team recently provided the little guy with a playmate, a 16-week old yellow lab. While this may seem like an odd combination, it's not uncommon for a lone Cheetah Cub to be raised with a canine companion. Male Cheetahs are very social and often live in coalitions. The bond between the cub and puppy will be similar to living in coalitions in the wild.
These two furry critters will be life long bosom buddies, the park will even have them traveling with the park's education team to help teach the public about Cheetahs. Cheetahs are a threatened species, with approximately 12,400 Cheetahs remaining in the wild.
On Saturday, April 16th, park guests will get to check out the Cub and the Lab as they move into their new digs, Jambo Junction. Fans of the park are also invited to help choose names for these cuties by voting in the poll on the parks Facebook page.
The poll closes at noon on April 18th, with the names announced soon after. Be sure to visit the park's Facebook page to cast your vote and help name this adorable pair at the park's Facebook.