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Why Are There Labrador Retrievers In This Zoo’s Cheetah Exhibit?


Even though cheetahs might look like majestic and dangerous beasts, they are very nervous beings. They actually get very anxious and don’t know ho to socialize with each other. They also get too stressed during mating and that’s why they needed help as they’re becoming extinct. The solution came in the most unexpected form though.

While seeing that cheetahs needed some assistance, zoo keepers have been assigning these animals their very own emotional support dogs. Awww!

“It’s a love story of one species helping another species survive,” said Jack Grisham, vice president of animal collections at the St. Louis Zoo and species survival plan coordinator for cheetahs in North America.

“A dominant dog is very helpful because cheetahs are quite shy instinctively, and you can’t breed that out of them,” explains Janet Rose-Hinostroza, animal training supervisor at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “

When you pair these cheetahs with dogs, the cheetah looks to the dog and learns to model their behavior. They learn to read the calm, happy-go-lucky vibe and it helps them be more confident.  Yes, they learn from dogs and then procreate.

(h/t: thoughtco)

Cheetahs are shy animals and socially awkward. This is why they need dogs.


They can get very anxious and stressed, especially when they need to mate, so they could face extinction.


If they have a dog around, they can relax and learn confident behaviors that they can mimic.


“It’s a love story of one species helping another species survive”


“It’s about getting them to read that calm, happy-go-lucky vibe from the dog”


Source:CBS News

They enjoy themselves like dogs would, then they procreate.


Source:CBS News

Watch the video here:

Source:CBS News , Columbus Zoo

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