Puppies may be the cutest animals on the planet. They wag and wobble and smell completely amazing. We love puppies. But there is one thing we love even more than baby canines—when puppies and other adorable animals become best friends.
That’s exactly what is going on at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in California. Ruuxa, one of the park’s new cheetah cubs was recently paired with Raina, a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy, and the pair have become inseparable.
The park began to socialize Ruuxa with Raina when the cheetah was 6 weeks old and the dog was just 7 weeks old. The zoo pairs baby cheetahs with puppies so that the wild cats learn to identify the dog’s body language and cues, which helps the cheetahs stay calm and relaxed in public surroundings as they grow up