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Video: This Baby Cheetah's BFF Is A Puppy

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In breaking "unlikely animal friendship" news, a 6-week-old cheetah is now best friends with a puppy.

Lonely Ruuxa was the sole cub of his mother, the Los Angeles Times reports. When cheetahs give birth to only one cub, as opposed to the usual three to five cubs, they often abandon their baby because instinct tells them that it cannot survive in the wild alone.

Rejected by his mother, Ruuxa was paired instead with Raina, a 7-week-old Rhodesian Ridgeback. Cheetahs who are paired with dogs at a young age learn to be comfortable around humans, as seen in the clip below:

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