Monday, April 18, 2011

Meet Kasi and Mtani

Matt Marriott/Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Could the photos of Busch Gardens Tampa's new cheetah cub and Labrador puppy be any cuter?  After a Facebook poll that had thousands of votes, the Labrador pup will be known as Mtani (Swahili for 'close friend') and the 8 and a half week old Cheetah cub will be named Kasi (Swahili for 'one with speed).

According to the park, "Kasi and Mtani will continue to live in Jambo Junction for the next several months. Eventually, they will live together in a large outdoor area near the Cheetah Run habitat and make regular “sidewalk” appearances in the park, helping the park’s education team to teach guests about the plight of cheetahs in the wild and the importance of Busch Gardens’ conservation efforts."