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Labrador puppy brought to Dallas Zoo to calm cheetah cubs
FOXNEWS ^ | 09/09/13 | FOXNEWS

Posted on 09/09/2013 2:11:28 PM PDT by Doogle

An unlikely playmate has been brought into the Dallas Zoo to help calm two male cheetah cubs: an 8-week-old black Labrador retriever puppy named Amani.

Amani is joining two 8-week-old feline brothers, Winspear and Kamau, born July 8 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va.

According to a zoo statement, Amani means "peace" in Swahili.

Since Labs are easygoing in public settings and since the pup will grow with the cubs, zoo experts believe he'll provide a calming influence for the cats.

Winspear and Kamau will join the zoo's Animal Adventures outreach program to help teach the public about their highly endangered species.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dallaszoo; kittyping; puppy; zoo
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1 posted on 09/09/2013 2:11:28 PM PDT by Doogle
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To: Chode

ping......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3szFRgm9oE0&feature=youtu.be


2 posted on 09/09/2013 2:11:56 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

What could possibly go wrong??


3 posted on 09/09/2013 2:12:54 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Doogle

Amani the peacekeeper

4 posted on 09/09/2013 2:13:48 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Ann Archy

“What could possibly go wrong??”

Oh, gosh...I love my cat, but if she weighed 30 pounds instead of 10, I’d have to hire a hit man to take her out.

Cats are cats. That dog is toast. If not today, soon.


5 posted on 09/09/2013 2:15:16 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Ann Archy
Since Labs are easygoing in public settings and since the pup will grow with the cubs, zoo experts believe he'll provide a calming influence for the cats.

That or some good good Oriental Cuisine.
6 posted on 09/09/2013 2:15:52 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Doogle

Reminds me of the time we had a pup and a rabbit.

And then one day after the pup had become a dog, we had a full dog and no rabbit.


7 posted on 09/09/2013 2:19:28 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Doogle

Reminds me of the time we had a pup and a rabbit.

And then one day after the pup had become a dog, we had a full dog and no rabbit.


8 posted on 09/09/2013 2:19:29 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Gen.Blather

All of the lab tests show that cheetahs never win.


9 posted on 09/09/2013 2:21:33 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Doogle

Labs being labs, it will probably lick the cheetah cubs to death.


10 posted on 09/09/2013 2:24:08 PM PDT by llevrok ("It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words....." - Geo. Orwell)
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To: llevrok

..the pup will want to play...the cubs survive


11 posted on 09/09/2013 2:25:04 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ...

12 posted on 09/09/2013 2:30:38 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Gen.Blather

I saw a film clip where a dog (no specific breed that I recall?) bonded with cheetah/lion cubs and they all got along famously. If you are not raised with prejudice, you won’t learn to be biased, is the lesson I learned from it.

Interspecies relationships are rife on the web. Check them out...


13 posted on 09/09/2013 2:35:06 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Common sense is not a gift, it's a punishment. You have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.)
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To: Monkey Face

“I saw a film clip where a dog (no specific breed that I recall?) bonded with cheetah/lion cubs and they all got along famously.”

My cat is the sweetest thing in the world, but if she gets excited, I can get hurt. She doesn’t mean to hurt me. But she’s a cat.

You can’t trust anything you see on TV or the Internet. And, one anecdotal case doesn’t mean all cats get along with all dogs. Maybe they were declawed? We don’t know.


14 posted on 09/09/2013 2:43:37 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Gen.Blather

Cheetahs are very trainable. They have been used in hunting for thousands of years. The young cheetahs will quickly acclimate to the dog.


15 posted on 09/09/2013 2:47:06 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the people. T Jefferson)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I believe that the Egyptians or some other people of the time kept them virtually as pets, and walked them on leashes.


16 posted on 09/09/2013 2:48:46 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Gen.Blather

If you check the internet, you can find LOTS of successful stories of interspecies relationships.

And the “interspecies” is not relegated to “dogs and cats.” I have seen horses and goats, sheep and cats, birds and dogs, birds and cats...the list is endless.

And FYI, some countries will put a person in jail for asking to declaw a cat, since it is basically taking off the finger at the first joint. That, to me is cruel, though cats don’t need the front claws to climb trees or fight. They hang on with their forelegs and gouge with their hind legs. But the point is, it doesn’t matter if a cat is declawed. If you raise a kitten with a puppy, the chances are pretty darn good that they will get along for the rest of their lives.

They don’t know any different way to be because they haven’t been taught.


17 posted on 09/09/2013 2:53:21 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Common sense is not a gift, it's a punishment. You have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.)
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To: Monkey Face
Agreed. The only thing that I will say about declawing a cat is that it's better than the alternatives of sending it to a place where who knows what will happen to it over time, or having it put to sleep. Some cats are incredibly destructive. The operation is performed with anaesthesia and post surgery pain meds. To me it should be a last-ditch effort by an owner who loves his/her cat, and wants it to spend the rest of it's long life with him/her. Such cats must be indoor cats for the remainder of their lives.

We very much like, but don't own cats as Mr. t. is terribly allergic to them.

18 posted on 09/09/2013 2:59:43 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: tumblindice

Groan


19 posted on 09/09/2013 3:00:07 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: llevrok

Labs are wonderful dogs.


20 posted on 09/09/2013 3:00:19 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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the rest of its long life


21 posted on 09/09/2013 3:02:18 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

I have no argument with that. I had a declawed cat, but at the same time, I learned that in Germany, and other European countries, you can be jailed for declawing a cat.

That’s not to say you need to “get rid of” a destructive cat. Some cats are just that way, and cannot adapt to “captivity.” If there is no alternative to the destructive nature, then by all means, have the cat declawed. Euthanasia is not an option as far as I’m concerned. Only old age and incurable disease should warrant putting an animal to “sleep.”


22 posted on 09/09/2013 3:07:06 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Common sense is not a gift, it's a punishment. You have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.)
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To: Monkey Face

Agreed. Imho, the only reason a healthy animal should be euthanized is because it is dangerous to people.


23 posted on 09/09/2013 3:09:45 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Doogle
i fear this will end, badly...
24 posted on 09/09/2013 3:36:28 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: trisham; Monkey Face

Hi Trish and Face!

We have three cats who have all their claws, and we live with the damage.

They do have all sorts of places where they’re allowed to scratch, such as the 7’ cat condo we built for them and several kitty caves
and other plush, upholstered just-for-the-cat places to sleep and/or sit and scratch.

It works out pretty well. Thank goodness Vellux blankets are cheap. They can really tear them up, but we just toss ‘em and buy more
to cover the stuff we don’t want torn up and/or covered with cat hair.


25 posted on 09/09/2013 3:51:07 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Monkey Face
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26 posted on 09/09/2013 3:54:25 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: Gen.Blather; Monkey Face

Yellow Lab & Cheetah

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndlf5_L5gsE


27 posted on 09/09/2013 4:13:46 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy
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To: trisham

I saw two yellows today and I had to stop and scratch them. They were both the absolute image of lab-ism.


28 posted on 09/09/2013 4:16:06 PM PDT by llevrok ("It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words....." - Geo. Orwell)
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To: llevrok

Great temperaments, handsome, loyal, reliable and sweet. They’re great dogs.


29 posted on 09/09/2013 4:18:38 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Awwww....fangs! Excuse me while I paws for a drink to salute them both!


30 posted on 09/09/2013 4:58:21 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Common sense is not a gift, it's a punishment. You have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.)
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To: trisham

Ditto.


31 posted on 09/09/2013 4:59:07 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Common sense is not a gift, it's a punishment. You have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.)
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To: TheOldLady

What a good cat mommy you are!!!

There are all kinds of ways to deal with kittehs! One never needs to be cruel or ignorant. One just needs to be educated! And you and your hubby have obviously taken pains to BE educated! Fangs!

*hug*


32 posted on 09/09/2013 5:02:10 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Common sense is not a gift, it's a punishment. You have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.)
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To: LucyT

Awwww...fangs!


33 posted on 09/09/2013 5:02:37 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Common sense is not a gift, it's a punishment. You have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.)
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To: trisham; Monkey Face

34 posted on 09/09/2013 5:19:45 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Monkey Face

Thank you, my friend.

They respond a lot better to soft-spoken guidance, “persuasion,” and kindness than to drastic measures, angry voices, and punishment.

Cats do things by instinct, not to piss you off. Once you get that through your head, it all becomes much easier. [smiles]


35 posted on 09/09/2013 5:39:21 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: tumblindice

Ouch! Good one.


36 posted on 09/09/2013 6:17:29 PM PDT by Redcitizen (.)
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To: trisham

My Aunt tells a story about walking into a hotel elevator and there’s John Wayne with a cheetah on a leash. Must have been Hatari! era I reckon.

FReegards


37 posted on 09/09/2013 6:26:25 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Ransomed

Wow! That must have been amazing.


38 posted on 09/09/2013 6:30:51 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Rodamala

LOL!


39 posted on 09/09/2013 6:33:36 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: TheOldLady; Monkey Face

Hi, TOL! You should see our house, and we don’t even have cats! Joey has chewed chunks out of one of the windowsills and we have tooth marks from puppies on some of the lower furniture. Animals of any kind tend to cause damage, one way or the other.


40 posted on 09/09/2013 6:37:13 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Rodamala

LOL!


41 posted on 09/10/2013 5:15:11 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Common sense is not a gift, it's a punishment. You have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.)
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