Dogs are genuinely loving creatures. They will accept any person or animal that they come across as a friend. Once they have created a bond, these pooches will be there for their buddies through thick and thin. This is made true by Kago and Kumbali, a dog and a cheetah who have become best friends.
A companion for a cub
Kumbali, the Cheetah cub, was born at the Metro Richmond Zoo. When the cub was two weeks old, the caretakers of the zoo noticed that he was losing weight and was the runt of the litter. Because of this, they decided to separate Kumbali so that they could hand-raise her.
As the cub grew and became more healthy, the zoo caretakers knew that he also needed to have a companion. This was when they turned to look for a dog to keep Kumbali company. Using dogs as companions for animals has been a common practice at zoos for more than thirty years already.
Because of this, it was a natural thing for the zookeepers to decide on rescuing a shelter dog to become Kumbali’s new friend. They searched for the right pup in a lot of rescues and shelters until they were able to contact The Art of Paws. This is where they finally found Kago.
Friend for life
The zookeepers were able to rescue Kago when he was only ten weeks old. The Lab mix pooch was immediately brought to the zoo to get checked and cleaned before meeting the Cheetah cub. Once the two met, their bond was immediate. They started playing together within minutes of their introduction.
The Cheetah and the doggie have been together ever since. Their companionship has morphed into a bond so strong that they consider one another siblings. They just turned four years old and are as happy as can be.
Check out their story here:
Source: Youtube | Metro Richmond Zoo