Baby cheetah makes friends with puppy: video
cub and a puppy have become best friends, thanks to an animal welfare programme created at a zoo in
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
recruited a puppy to help Siri the nine-week-old cheetah cub in order to help her socialise after she was rejected by her mother.
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Iris the retriever-mastiff puppy was introduced to Siri for some playtime, and the friendship seems to be going very well.
The zoo is the only one in the world to successfully breed cheetahs, and thanks to their decision to introduce her to the playful puppy, Siri is learning how to interact with other animals.
The cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world, with a slender, long-legged body built for speed. They can be distinguished from other big cats by their smaller size, spotted coats, small heads and ears and distinctive "tear stripes" that stretch from the corner of the eye to the side of the nose.
Cheetahs are included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list of vulnerable species. In 1900, there were over 100,000 cheetahs but today an estimated 9,000 to 12,000 cheetahs remain in the wild in Africa, according to the organisation Defenders of Wildlife.
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Baby zoo animals around the world
These babies, named Sri Kandi (left) and Arjuna (right) were born at Tierpark, Berlin, Germany. They made their debut on 5 March 2012.
Clinging to his mum, baby Changi meets his public for the first time at Krefeld Zoo, Germany.
This little rhino, named Male, was born in January. He's pictured here with his mother, Mana, at Magdeburg Zoo, Germany.
The zoo at Tierpark in Berlin celebrated the birth of a litter of four dingo babies in January.
Only a few days old, this baby giraffe, named Kimarle, peaks out from her enclosure at the ZOOM Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany. The 170cm tall giraffe was born on March 9.
A one-month-old baby squirrel monkey clings to its mother's back at Qingdao Forest Wildlife Park, China.
A two-week old baby gorilla is cuddled by her mum, Mumba, a Western Lowland Gorilla, at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park near Ashford, Kent.
Born at Cincinnati Zoo, US, this one-month old hedgehog is being hand reared by keepers until it is old enough to be included in the zoo's outreach programme.
Ludwig the baby elephant is clearly happy to be out and about at the Tierpark Hellabrunn Zoo, Munich.
These cuties were born in February at Bristol Zoo Gardens.
This cub was born prematurely at Toronto Zoo. His mum rejected him soon after he was born, so he was cared for by staff at the zoo. Here he is making his debut in February.
This six-month old baby Western Lowland Gorilla is seen here enjoying the spring sunshine with her mother at Dublin Zoo.
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