Why are there DOGS in this zoo's Cheetah enclosure? [Video]
The amazing cheetah is the the fasted animal on land, but they instinctively suffer from anxiety, often resulting in them struggling to socialise with other cheetahs, and mate. The surprising solution to help prevent extinction? To pair each cheetah with an emotional support dog.
Dominant dogs are very beneficial as when paired with cheetahs they help the cats learn to relax and be confident.
“It’s about getting them to read that calm, happy-go-lucky vibe from the dog” explains an expert from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
Establishing a bond is slow, however once they’re emotionally connected they spend almost all of their time together, only separated for eating.