Meet Ruuxa the cheetah and Raina the dog from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. These two furry creatures truly represent an embodiment of the phrase ‘best friends forever,’ and their story is one that will warm your heart.
A mother cheetah will have a litter with 3 to 5 cubs, but they can have up to nine cubs in one litter. At the San Diego Zoo, Ruuxa was the only cub in his litter. Mother cheetahs will often abandoned single cubs because their instincts tell them that the one pup won’t survive in the wild.
So, when Ruuxa was abandoned by his mother, the zoo staff stepped in. The zoo staff wanted to give the baby cheetah a companion since he had no siblings, they chose an 8-week old Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy named Raina for the job!
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