Cheetahs Are So Shy That Zoos Give Them Their Own Emotional Support Dogs

Even though cheetahs might appear like dangerous and regal beasts, really, they’re very nervous beings. They get so anxious, they don’t understand how to interact with each other and get too stressed to have sex. That’s why they wanted help as they’re becoming extinct — and the solution came from the most unexpected type…

Seeing that cheetahs require some assistance, for many years now zoo keepers are assigning these creatures their own… psychological support dogs. “It’s a romance of just one species helping the following species survive,” said Jack Grisham, vice president of animal collections in the St. Louis Zoo and species survival plan coordinator for cheetahs in North America.

“A dominant dog is very helpful because cheetahs are quite bashful, and also you can’t breed that out of them,” describes Janet Rose-Hinostroza, creature training manager in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “When you set them [cheetahs with puppies], then the cheetah appears to the dog for clues and learns to simulate their behavior. It’so about getting them to read that serene, happy-go-lucky vibe in the dog” — which helps them be more confident and willing to get it on.

That’s right, cheetahs, learn in the doggies and procreate!

(h/t: thoughtco)

Cheetahs are very socially awkward and bashful creatures — and also that’s the reason why they need dogs

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They get so anxious and stressed, they don’t breed and also therefore are becoming extinct

Image credits: Columbus Zoo

When they own a dog about, cheetahs unwind and find out confident behaviors they could mimic

Image credits: Columbus Zoo

“It’s a romance of just one species helping another species survive”

Image credits: Columbus Zoo

“It’s about getting them to read this serene, happy-go-lucky vibe in the dog”

Image credits: CBS News

That’s right, cheetahs, relax and enjoy yourselves like doggies would — then procreate!

Image credits: CBS News

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