A volunteer at the Cheetah Experience in South Africa filmed an extraordinary video showing the possibility of having an affectionate relationship between a human and a big cat
Dolph C. Voker, an animal advocate with a zoologist degree, traveled to South Africa during the summers of 2014 and 2015 to volunteer at Cheetah Experience – a nonprofit organization that aims to encourage breeding cheetah population.
During his visit at Cheetah Experience, he met Eden, a cheetah who is not going to be used for breeding but a “therapy cheetah” to accompany another cheetah suffering from spinal meningitis.
In one of his visit, Volker made an extraordinary video he posted on Youtube showing that humans and big cats may have an affectionate relationship. He writes, “Many people see Cheetahs hunting, running, killing, resting, or raising their young in documentaries, TV, or zoos. I wanted to show people the up-close and personal side of Cheetahs. I was pleasantly surprised how wonderful their personalities can be. Cheetahs are not considered a ‘social’ cat but they love, display affection, love attention (the tamed ones) and very interactive.”
On the amazing video, Volker narrates as it takes place in front of our eyes; “grooming, nibbling, biting, pacifying, purring, laying on me, and sleeping… cuddling up close to me. I’m amazed how much more interactive and affectionate Cheetahs are compared to the average domesticated cat.”
Volker also writes in a video description “When an animal can become comfortable enough with you at their most vulnerable state,” that is when you’ve reached true trust.”
Cheetahs are considered the fastest mammal on land, the cheetah can reach speeds of 60 or perhaps even 70 miles (97 or 113 kilometers) an hour over short distances. It usually chases its prey at only about half that speed, however. After a chase, a cheetah needs half an hour to catch its breath before it can eat.