These Baby Cheetahs Use “Support Dogs” To Relax And It’s Seriously Adorable

On Monday, a Twitter user shared anadorable new thing he learned about the relationship between cheetahs and puppies.

Because of their nervous nature, cheetahsare often given emotional support dogs in zoos. Twitter user @IAmCultHero, known as Andy Stardust on the platform, enlightened his adherents by postingpictures of the pair frolicking in the grass.

You know, for relaxing snuggles and fun playtime.

His post, which had now been gone viral, features four snapshots of the cheetah and pup dynamic IRL.

It’s unclear where the photos of a cheetah and his yellow Labrador retriever friends originated, but one thing’s for sure: “they il be” downright adorable.

I cannot handle the cuteness. Just look at thatprecious smooch!

After some commenters questioned whether support puppies were really used in zoos, Andy followed up with a link to a ThoughtCo. piece that outlines the zoological strategyto chill the vulnerable cheetahs out.

Obviously, zoos want all their animalshappy, but nervous cats like cheetahs need to be soothe in order tomate.

In fact, since the ‘8 0s, the San Diego Zoo Safari Parkhas given its cheetahs puppy companions as a part of its captive breeding program.

Animal Training Supervisor Janet Rose-Hinostroza described the processin an interview withThoughtCo .,

When you pair them, the cheetah appears to the dog for cues and learns to model their behaviour. It’s about get them to read that soothe, happy-go-lucky vibe from the dog.

Because humans often use emotional support animals( even mini ponies !) for similar stress-relievingresults, I can see how this would work for big cats.

More peoplechimed in on Andy’s post, went on to say that they’ve find puppies used as cheetah assistances, too.

Twitter user @Champ_Dawg9 built my heart melting even more where reference is responded with photos of aand hisdoggie support.

It’s just so sweet everyone deserves a BFF.

But also, did you know that cheetahs meow?

My mind is officially blown.

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