Last Year, Ruuxa the 6-week-old cheetah cub met his new dog companion. The 7-week-old puppy, Raina, was introduced to the baby cheetah by the staff at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. They raised together as lifelong companions.
Ruuxa was hand-raised by the zoo after being rejected by his mom, and Raina was brought in as his lifelong companion, helping the cutie learn to socialize and stay calm around humans at the zoo.
As it turns out, this isn’t all that uncommon! When the Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon, welcomed their new cheetah cub to the pack, the mama was sadly unable to produce enough milk for the youngster. Taking her in, zoo workers named her Pancake after the way cheetahs flatten themselves down on their stomachs to relax. Now six months old, she’s been introduced to a canine companion of her own: Dayo, another Rhodesian ridgeback pup, who spends his days playing and frolicking with his new foster sister.
This video shows the adorable animal duo fully enjoying their new best friendship:
It may seem like an unlikely combination, but after seeing them together, it’s clear that dogs aren’t just man’s best friend. Head over to the Wildlife Safari website to see how you can plan a visit to see the sweet friends for yourself!