Cheetah and Dog Celebrate One Year Friendship

Remember Kasi and Mtani, the cheetah cub and yellow lab puppy that became best friends at Busch Gardens last year? The two bosom buddies are all grown up. This marks one year since the two were introduced.

Just to refresh your memories, here are the two from April of 2011:

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Here they are now!

Kasi and Mtani

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Kasi and Mtani

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Baby Cheetah and Puppy Become Pals

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Starting today guests at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida will get to see an unlikely pair – a cheetah cub and a yellow Labrador puppy. The 8-week-old cheetah was taken in last month because his mother was unable to care for him. Last week the animal care team decided on the 16-week-old puppy as a companion. The two will live together in Jambo Junction, a part of the Nairobi area of the park.

The park has opened a poll on their Facebook page to allow voting on what to the name the pair. Voting ends on Monday, April 18.

UPDATE: The cheetah cub has been named Kasi, which is Swahili for “one with speed.”

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