Saturday, July 12, 2014

World Cup Cheetahs

Laika, a cat who lives with Professor Gioia Capelli, stuck to my backpack like glue. The scent of Aussie cats is hard to resist.
Unless you’ve been under a rock somewhere you probably know that the World Cup final is approaching. International wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation, has taken advantage of widespread interest by creating its own “world cup” action, and (at least to me) its even more exciting than the real thing. They gave nine rescued cheetahs a couple of Boomer Balls, stood back and filmed the results.

I wouldn’t have guessed it with those legs, but cheetahs aren’t bad on the ball-handling. And launching the clip on Youtube to coincide with the world cup is a cute way to attract the attention of those Googling world cup cheaters…

(If you can't view the video on your device click this link).

All the cheetahs cared for by the Born Free Foundation have been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. Typically cubs are stolen from the wild, handled and sold by dealers – often to buyers in the Middle East where they are kept as exotic pets. According to the Born Free Foundation there are less than 10,000 left in the wild. 

We're probably preaching to the choir here but really, if you need to live with a cat, it is far better to live with a small one. They've been domesticated over thousands of years and really are much happier being kept in domestic settings.

Laika fits perfectly on the backpack. A cheetah...not so much.