A creature that’s socially awkward and loves befriending puppies? Introverts, we’ve found our spirit animal!
As it turns out, cheetahs, despite being seen as ferocious and deadly, are actually shy and anxious animals. In fact, they get really stressed out whenever they have to socialise with each other and have sex.
That’s not so bad for us humans (we’d rather stay in and watch Netflix alone anyway), but it could be disastrous for these majestic cats. If they don’t meet and procreate, they’ll eventually go extinct.
Enter man’s best friend. For many years now, they’ve been helping cheetahs cope with their anxiety by becoming their friends – or should I say, frens.
“A dominant dog is very helpful because cheetahs are quite shy instinctively, and you can’t breed that out of them,” said Janet Rose-Hinostroza of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
“When you pair them [cheetahs with dogs], the cheetah looks to the dog for cues and learns to model their behavior. It’s about getting them to read that calm, happy-go-lucky vibe from the dog.”
Basically, cheetahs are learning a little bit of doggo behaviour. And when they do, the pupper habits make them more confident, which in turn, help them procreate.
Dogs, everyone. What would we, humans and cheetahs, do without them?
Via Bored Panda