We're always suckers for a good unlikely animal friendship story, and this tale of one baby cheetah and one puppy at a Virginia zoo just hits the spot.
Meet Kumbali the cheetah cub and Kago the puppy, two members of Virginia's Metro Richmond Zoo who have become inseparable best buds. Kumbali was separated from his mother and siblings after his mother was unable to feed him. Kago, on the other hand, was adopted by the zoo in July to create a cheetah-dog companionship.
But why pair up a pup with a curious cat? The San Diego Zoo uses this method for several reasons, such as a dog's body language being able to help a cheetah.
"Dogs are naturally comfortable with people, even those they don’t know. Cheetahs are quite a bit more cautious and wary of new situations; having a dog buddy to show them that everything is okay — and even fun — helps the cat feel comfortable and relaxed," the zoo notes.
These days, the two pals jump, run, play and lick each other just like any other best friend duo (well, maybe minus the licking part), and in the long-term, the zoo plans to reunite the cheetah with his family.
"They don’t even seem to recognize their differences in species, size, or colour. There is only acceptance," the zoo writes on their site.
Watch the video above to find out more about this pair.
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