Cheetahs Are So Shy They Need Dogs For Emotional Companions
Cheetahs are stunningly exotic animals known for being fierce felines within the animal kingdom. Blessed with extraordinary athletic abilities and equipped with a glossy coat of spotted fur, cheetahs saunter around while exuding a majestic, dominating energy. Cheetahs surely have a ferocious and threatening physical appearance. However, they tend to be very nervous animals by nature. Hard to believe, right? As beautiful and confident as cheetahs look, they are incredibly anxious and don't know how to socialize with each other.
These felines are in need of some extra emotional support to ease their anxieties and the antidote comes in the most unexpected form! For years, zoo-keepers have been assigning these animals their very own emotional support dogs!
"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 the Species Survival Plan Coordinator for Cheetahs in North America.
Cheetahs are innately uncomfortable in social settings, they get anxious, stressed, and shy. When they have a dog around, cheetahs feel more relaxed and can learn confident behaviors they can mimic. "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 them, the cheetah looks to the dogs for cues and learns to model their behavior. It's about getting them to read that calm, happy-go-lucky vibe from the dog."
The cheetahs can finally overcome their insecurities and feel calm when their dog is around to play. Once cheetahs feel socially comfortable, they can procreate and decrease the chances of their species becoming nonexistent! We don't want such gorgeous creatures to become extinct! This is a true love story of the odd couple balancing each other out and helping one another emotionally. The bond between cheetahs and dogs will never burn out!
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