Guests at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida will get to see an unlikely pair, a cheetah cub and a yellow Labrador puppy. The animal care team decided on the 16-week-old Lab puppy as a companion for the 8 week old cheetah. The cheetah was taken in last month because his mother was unable to care for him.
The two will live together in part of the Nairobi area of the park for the next several months. Eventually, they will live together in a large outdoor area and make regular “sidewalk” appearances in the park, to teach guests about the plight of cheetahs in the wild and the importance of Busch Gardens’ conservation efforts.
After a facebook poll, the male cheetah cub will officially be named Kasi, which is Swahili for ‘one with speed,’ and 16 ½-week-old female yellow Labrador puppy will be named Mtani, Swahili for ‘close friend.’