Kasi and Mtani: Cheetah and Dog Friends Celebrate Anniversary

Busch Gardens Tampa is celebrating an anniversary for a very special relationship. April 16 marked the one-year anniversary of the first time park guests got to see an 8-week-old male cheetah cub and a 16-week-old female yellow labrador puppy start to strike up a friendship that the park’s animal experts expect to last a lifetime.


The pair — later named Kasi and Mtani — spent only supervised play times together at first. The cheetah first came to the park after its mother ceased caring for him. The 8-week-old male cheetah cub and 16-week-old female yellow labrador puppy bonded instantly. Now, a year later, they live together full time at the park’s Cheetah Run habitat and even travel together to schools, events and television studios, helping the park’s education team teach the public about the plight of cheetahs in the wild and the importance of Busch Gardens’ conservation efforts.




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  • April 20, 2012 9:59 amPosted 2 years ago
    Jennifer

    <3<3

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  • April 20, 2012 10:01 amPosted 2 years ago
    Mila

    <3

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    April 20, 2012 10:03 amPosted 2 years ago
    Vanessa

    If that dog gets eaten, I’m gonna be upset…

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    April 20, 2012 10:04 amPosted 2 years ago
    Catherine

    sweet but why is the dog living there and not in a home?

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    April 20, 2012 10:04 amPosted 2 years ago
    Janet

    awwww lovely..:)

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    April 20, 2012 10:08 amPosted 2 years ago
    Shannon

    I just told my mastiff that she needs a Cheetah for her little brother. LOL, nice story:)

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    April 20, 2012 10:12 amPosted 2 years ago
    Julie

    So sweet!

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  • April 20, 2012 10:16 amPosted 2 years ago
    Summer

    Since they grew up together, the chances of the dog getting eaten are pretty slim. I used to work at the Houston Zoo and their 2 cheetahs were raised with 2 anatolian shepherds since they were cubs and puppies. The dogs actually act as the cheetahs protectors. Cheetahs are considered more flight animals than fight animals so in Africa, farmers are turning to dogs to scare the cheetahs from killing their livestock rather than the farmers killing the cheetahs. It’s a new program that is helping save a lot of cheetahs lives. At our Zoo, the 2 species were raised together and act as ambassadors of that program. Cheetahs are amazing animals.

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      April 20, 2012 9:40 pmPosted 2 years ago
      TAMI

      DID THE DOGS GET A LOT OF HUMAN ATTENTION? AND DO THEY SEEM TO ENJOY BEING IN A ZOO?

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  • April 20, 2012 10:17 amPosted 2 years ago
    Theresa

    Congratulations, Busch Gardens! You ROCK!

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    April 20, 2012 10:35 amPosted 2 years ago
    Monica

    I think the human race would do well to take lessons from dogs. They are unique among mammals in that they have the capacity to accept all others as part of their pack/family… Regardless of species! As long as their basic needs are met they are happy to accept any creature. If only people could do the same.

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      April 25, 2012 6:44 pmPosted 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      right on!!!!

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  • April 20, 2012 10:38 amPosted 2 years ago
    April

    Uhhg! I was just going to comment on how sweet it was and how this unusual pair will catch people’s attention so they can learn more about the plight of the cheetah,and someone has to make a negative comment.I’m pretty sure Bush Garden’s is not going to be reckless with the life of an animal as it would be publicity..bad publicity.These two have bonded and hopefully will be happy together.

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  • April 20, 2012 10:43 amPosted 2 years ago
    Neelambari

    Oh my cutenesss <3

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    April 20, 2012 10:59 amPosted 2 years ago
    Debbi

    They are so beautiful. We always make sure to see them when we visit.

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    April 20, 2012 11:09 amPosted 2 years ago
    Mercedes

    a wonderful story about friendship!

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  • April 20, 2012 11:27 amPosted 2 years ago
    Allison

    What a nice story to start off a Friday morning!

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  • April 20, 2012 11:52 amPosted 2 years ago
    Thelma

    Good friends!!!

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    April 20, 2012 12:28 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Karen Greig

    Fantastic!

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  • April 20, 2012 12:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cathy

    Maybe we need to learn a lesson from them! Wonderful!!!

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    April 20, 2012 12:48 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Crystal

    The Wildlife Safari here in Oregon has a dog and cheetah that live together!

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  • April 20, 2012 12:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Patti

    Amazing and awesome video.

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  • April 20, 2012 1:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nina

    One word……..AMAZING!!

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    April 20, 2012 1:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Shelley

    Mtani is suspiciously tall for a Lab, maybe a greyhound mix?

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  • April 20, 2012 1:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kurt

    fills my heart with joy amazing story

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  • April 20, 2012 2:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Hannelore

    I cann´t believe it, incredeble

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