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16 unlikely animal friendships

By: Laura Moss on July 1, 2011, 9:37 a.m.
Cheetah and dog

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Best buds

Cheetah Sahara and Anatolian shepherd dog Alexa grew up together at the Cincinnati Zoo and became close friends, proving that cats and dogs really can get along. The animals are part of the zoo’s Cat Ambassador Program, which works in conjunction with the Cheetah Conservation Fund to protect these threatened wild cats. The Cat Ambassador Program educates farmers in Namibia and South Africa on how these dogs can be used to protect livestock from cheetahs without shooting the cats. Alexa and Sahara are now 10 years old, and new cat-and-dog couple Tommy T. and Pow Wow are the stars of the program. Watch these two adorable ambassadors play together.