After Ruuxa the cheetah cub was rejected by his mother, zookeepers at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park paired him up with Raina, a Rhodesian ridgeback puppy. Their friendship was set up as part of the zoo’s animal ambassador program, which creates unlikely bonds between different critters. And it worked: the new buds are now over three months old and exploring new parts of the park together. They’re being raised alongside each other to create a special bond, with Raina helping Ruuxa feel relaxed in stressful settings. Some of their play fighting is training for Ruuxa to become part of the park’s Cheetah Run experience — and it’s pretty darn cute. [NBC]
If I were in this cat’s shoes, I can’t promise I wouldn’t do the exact same thing.
I’ve been obsessed with animals for as long as I can remember. I’m sure you’ve seen me (or one of my ubiquitous, 30-something single-lady soul twins, perpetually emitting twee-voiced animal baby-talk while ensconced in an inch-thick resin of cat hair). As a child, I was the annoying, overly sensitive, bleeding-heart kid who orchestrated elaborate funerals for dead squirrels in the backyard; cried as her parents explained why birds kept dying by blindly flying into the oversize windows of our sunroom; and went vegetarian-and-proud (hi, obligatory PETA membership) at age 14 when I could no longer stomach the idea of having animal flesh anywhere near my own, er, animal flesh.
Lots of years have rolled by since then, but I’m still an oversensitive, dyed-in-the-wool creature-lover. So, obviously I’ve always had pets — cats, to be specific. I grew up with a calico named Trouble, then took in Jobie in college, and adopted Joon during my crazy twenties. My animal family has expanded over time, as families are wont to do, and now I play mom to Joon, another cat named Batman, and a dog called Hennessy (aka Henny, pictured above). I love all my animals, of course. But I need to be honest: my dog is … a lot. More than I was expecting, at any rate. Keep reading »
As my mom and my brother and everyone who has been in my life for the last eight years can probably tell you, I totally project my desire for — and lack of — children onto my dog Lucca. I treat her like she is my (spoiled rotten) kid, giving her whatever she wants, showering her with praise and cuddles, and conversing with her as if she possesses the growing intelligence of a human child. So while others may look at Jan and Chase Renegar, above, as being totally, hilariously batshit nuts for recreating an entire cutesy baby photoshoot with their Jack Russell terrier Snuggles, I see them as raising the bar for dedicated dog parents such as myself. How have I never thought of doing something like this before? Lucca would look so adorable all tucked inside a bird’s nest, Anne Geddes-style… (Click through for more funny and squee-worthy pics!) [Photos: Splash News]
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