- A zoo visitor was surprised when he spotted a dog relaxing in a cheetah cage at the Turtle Back Zoo in New Jersey
- “I went to the zoo today and I’m 99% sure it’s not a cheetah…” Davidowicza wrote.
- The dog named Bowie is a companion for Nandi, an African cheetah
The video was posted by Reddit user Davidowicza. “I went to the zoo today and I’m 99% sure it’s not a cheetah…” Davidowicza wrote.
Davidowicza, from New Jersey, was visiting the Turtle Back Zoo when he spotted the Labrador retriever dog inside the cheetah’s cage.
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“When we saw the compound from afar I thought it wasn’t a cheetah but I wasn’t entirely sure what it actually was. Then we all laughed when we got close enough to see it was just a happy lab,” Davidowicza said. NewsWeek.
“When you lie on your CV, but you are an excellent liar”, joked a user.
In case you were wondering what the dog is doing in the cheetah cage, here is the answer.
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The dog named Bowie is a companion for Nandi, an African cheetah.
Turtle Back Zoo breeds its ambassador cheetahs with puppies to build their confidence.
Nandi and Bowie have been together for years. The couple often attend events to educate the public about saving the lives of big cats.
Bowie follows Nandi everywhere, which makes the wild cat always feel comfortable and reassured.
According to the Turtle Back Zoo, Nandi has earned the trust of a dog and “always has Bowie to turn to in new situations.”
Cheetahs are known to be very stressed and anxious animals. They are often paired with support dogs in zoos.
Cheetahs are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It is estimated that there are only 7,100 cheetahs left in the wild.