Kali the cheetah and puppy Mtani play together at Busch Garden Tampa in Florida. After being rejected by his mother at birth, cheetah cub Kali was taken in by the Busch Garden, where he received round-the-clock care. Soon after, he was introduced to sixteen-week-old female puppy, Mtani, and their friendship has since blossomed.
While most cats and dogs couldn’t stand being in the same room together for five minutes, roommates Kasi and Mtani are inseparable.
Thanks to their introduction at a young age, four-and-a-half-month-old cheetah Kasi has found a friend for life in the form of a nine-month-old Labrador called, Mtani.
The pair were put together soon after Kasi was rejected by his mother at birth.
The animals’ carers at Busch Zoo in Tampa, Florida, hand-picked Mtani from a local rescue centre to ensure the then four-week-old Kasi had a companion to grow up with.
‘Male cheetahs are social and often live together in coalitions.
‘This social bond will be a very similar relationship, and they will be together for life,’ said Tim Smith, one of Busch Gardens’ animal curators.
After being rejected by his mother at birth, Kasi needed round-the-clock care to ensure his survival.
Soon after his arrival at Busch he was introduced to sixteen week old Mtani, and their friendship has blossomed ever since.