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Meet a Little Girl and Boy Who Have Grown Up Alongside Cheetahs - PawNation

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Siblings can always be a little crazy, but these ones are truly wild. According to the Daily Mail U.K., a litte boy and girl from South Africa have grown up with two cheetahs as part of their family.

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Past Member (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 10:23 am
So wrong!! The cats should not be raised as *family* and allowed to imprint on humans. Totally against rehabilitation protocols. And it's total insanity to expose children to wild animals. No matter how they were raised they still have wild instincts and will react unpredictably.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 10:47 am
I think there is danger in that , noted , thanks .

Christeen A (370)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 4:54 pm
These animals are called wild for a reason.

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 4:58 pm
Noted! I'm utterly jealous...Let the children enjoy the beauty of this short lived roommate situation, as we all know that when these animals get to a certain age they will need to be released into the wild. I hope that the parents of these children are skilled in rehabilitating these animals back into the wild and do not have any other household pets!

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 4:59 pm
BTW, look at the face of that beauty in the picture! God, I want one!!!!!

Cathy Aronson (67)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 5:38 pm
I noticed the article said there were two cheetahs and noticed only one in the that look on the little boy's face because the other cheetah is "nibbling" on his arm? Seriously, how many times have you read about a pet lion, tiger, etc. turning on the owners? Not only is this not safe for the kids, it is totally wrong for the cheetahs.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 6:50 pm
This is very cute but very scary I think! As Barb said they may appear to be tame but they still have the wild instincts in them and not even do it as an attack but part of their play!

Shawna S (45)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 8:14 pm
Mom (cheetah) looks happy but the children (human) almost look coaxed. I love that these cheetahs are taken care of, but I wouldn't trust them. Then again, the love of an animal can change whatever anyone thinks of them. Cheetahs belong in the wild. Let them free.
Thanks Barb :")

Tanya G (27)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 8:38 pm
lol - thanks for sharing this, Barb! It is a good idea to start separating the kids from the cheetahs while they're growing up so that the children will fully realize exotic pets can cause them harm. Hope all goes well with this family.

Sherri G (128)
Monday May 13, 2013, 2:03 am
Barbara D. is absolutely right. Raising wild animals in a human environment does both humans and these wonderful wild creatures a disservice. Noted. TY Barb.

Fran F (118)
Monday May 13, 2013, 2:09 am
This situation is very disturbing for the reasons Barbara discussed. I think it's very likely the cheetahs will have trouble surviving in the wild after spending their early lives with humans. It's good the two cubs were saved, but the couple should have made arrangements for them that didn't involve close human contact.

Carol H (229)
Monday May 13, 2013, 6:24 am
noted with a great deal of concern for both the children and the animals!!!! will forward , thanks Barb, noted

Esther Z (94)
Monday May 13, 2013, 7:45 am
Every situation is different. Lets hope the family is educated enough to give the cheetahs what they need to eventually survive in the wild.

cynthia l (207)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:50 am
Is there more to this story? I don't think cheetahs are known for attacking people. However it still seems risky business. I imagine they can be semi domesticated but the should really be free

Sara P (57)
Monday May 13, 2013, 10:55 am
I love animals and I think that we have to respect their nature, Cheetahs are wild, you cannot treat them as the cat of the family, I don't know if this is a good idea. Well, naturally is good to teach the love and respect for animals to the babies but you have also to teach them the difference between the domestic pets and the wild.
Thanks for sharing Barb.

iveta NoFwdsPls cer (41)
Monday May 13, 2013, 11:09 am
100 % agree with Barbara D . Thanks Barb

Elizabeth M (65)
Monday May 13, 2013, 11:10 am
Cheetahs are such beautiful cats, and I am happy to read that Hein is already teaching them to hunt in the wild, so they may be released. In the meantime with Hein being a Park Ranger, I will give him credit for knowing what he is doing - I don't believe he would put these two beautiful children in any real danger.
Thanks for sharing this Barb.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Monday May 13, 2013, 11:35 am
From birth wild animals are "hard wired" to be what they are, so yes they are a potential life hazard to anyone. As a ranger the father should know better than to place his children et al at risk. The ranger should teach his children RESPECT for wildlife.

Sara Williams (8)
Monday May 13, 2013, 12:12 pm
Raising them until they can be released back into the wild is one thing, but to raise them with little kids who could accidentally scare or anger the cheetahs is so bad. I'm sure the parent will be so shocked if one of the kids gets seriously hurt.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Monday May 13, 2013, 12:32 pm
Very dangerous and unpredictable! I wouldn't feel at ease if I were their parent and I know that even domestic cats can be unpredictable and attack for no apparent reason sometimes.

John De Avalon (36)
Monday May 13, 2013, 1:30 pm
This seems frighteningly irresponsible. The cheetah only has to lash out once...

Not good for the cheetah either. Such close association with humans. The animal would never be able to survive in the wild, where it belongs.

Stephanie Reap (192)
Monday May 13, 2013, 2:01 pm
beautiful but should grow up in the wild with only animals.

Past Member (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 2:15 pm
This situation is not really good they should just have kept the cheetahs until they found alternative arrangements for them If they end up lashing out from their wild instincts in the future its the animals that will be shot and because of human stupidity

Noted thanks

Past Member (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 2:28 pm
Not a good idea Look at the wildness in those eyes If the children get hurt it will be the cheetah that gets shot

noted Thanks Barb

Sergio Padilla (65)
Monday May 13, 2013, 2:41 pm

M B (62)
Monday May 13, 2013, 3:00 pm
this is wrong. I hope the cheetahs will be released and those humans get a pet instead, a cat or a dog...

naomi cohen (55)
Monday May 13, 2013, 3:03 pm
noted. these animals are not domestic, and it is a disservice to them to be kept as 'pets'. let the children have cats and dogs, but cheetahs belong with their own family in their natural environment. thank you, barbcat. xxx

Laurie H (817)
Monday May 13, 2013, 7:18 pm
I don't feel comfortable with the arrangement, wild is wild. I'm glad the cheetahs have been cared for, but raising them like house cats and with children ,does not compute. I fear for what the future will be for the cheetahs. Thanks for the posting Barb!!~

Laurie H (817)
Monday May 13, 2013, 7:19 pm
Ps---Thanks for sending Sara!!~

Katka Oelmann (279)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 1:46 am
100% agree with Barbara D.

Svetlana B (20)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 2:03 pm

Arthur S (88)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 8:16 pm
Lucky kids, but I would be worried - believe all wild animals should be free personally. Thank you though dear Barb.

. (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 8:56 am
I fear for these cheetahs if they are released into the wild. How will they know how to catch lunch if they have never had their mother teach them? Sometimes humans do the stupidest things thinking they are doing the right thing.
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