Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Arts and Entertainment

Video: This Baby Cheetah's BFF Is A Puppy

LAist relies on your reader support.
Your tax-deductible gift today powers our reporters and keeps us independent. We rely on you, our reader, not paywalls to stay funded because we believe important news and information should be freely accessible to all.

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: