A Big Cat Kitten and a Large Dog Puppy Met, and Never Separated – It’s Too Cute.

Cheetahs have a reputation as the easiest of the big cats to be tamed by a huge margin. They were used as hunting companions way back in Bible times, and were pets to Genghis Khan. That said, they are still wild animals, and in places like zoos they are encouraged to remain themselves. So it is when efforts to help rebuild their decimated population don’t always work out.

Cheetah Ruuxa and Rhodesian Ridgeback Raina cuddle as babies

Meet Ruuxa. Ruuxa was born in captivity at the San Diego Zoo, but as the runt of the letter was quickly abandoned by his mom. His keepers couldn’t let him die, so took Ruuxa in and gave him a pal – Raina, a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy.

Raina checks in on best friend Ruuxa during and after surgery

As Ruuxa grew into a big cat, Raina also grew into a big dog, and the two have been best of friends ever since. From babies to adulthood, they’ve gone through it all, including corrective surgery for poor Ruuxa’s bowed legs – not a great asset for a feline known for running up to seventy miles per hour.

The cheetah and dog run with each other, at home playing in the San Diego Zoo habitat

Today, the two frolick in the paddock at the zoo and occasionally run races. Raina doesn’t fair very well – check it out in the video below!

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.
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