A Cheetah Bonds With a Dog in Connecticut

- A unique pair of best friends are inseparable at the Leo Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich Connecticut.

If you think cats and dogs can’t get along, think again.

Adaeze, a cheetah, and her best friend Odie, a dog, are practically joined at the hip.

Adaeze, which means daughter of a king, was born into a record breaking litter of eight cubs about a year ago.

Her mother, Mona Lisa, was overwhelmed with caring for so many little ones, so three of them were hand-raised.

At seven weeks, Adaeze was paired up with a rambunctious Australian Shepard and their yin-and-yang friendship began to blossom.

According to Conservation Center Director, Marcella Leone, this is a positive matchmaking practice.

“A job of a dog, a companion dog, to a cheetah as an animal ambassador is to make that animal feel relaxed,” Leon says.

These BFFS have become inseparable. They are together 24/7, napping, playing and exploring—but the two have to call it quits once mealtime rolls around.

“Actually Odie is a chow hound, so he will gobble up his food and he goes to eating hers which makes him sick,” Leon says.

There are fifty kinds of rare and endangered species spread across the one-hundred acres of this center.

One of the missions is breeding to sustain zoological population and there is also an ambassador outreach program that Adaeze and Odie are part of.

There are only 7500 Cheetahs left in Africa.

Adaeze and Odie have upcoming appearances at fundraisers and museums to enlighten the public on how threatened this population is.

“When you get around this animal, how can you not want to protect it? How can you not want to save every cheetah that's out there and preserve an environment that they can thrive in, going forward into the future,” Leon says. 

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