Kasi and Mtani: A Dog and a Cheetah Shack Up

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s first cub and puppy duo has proven an internet sensation thanks to a series of irresistible pictures of the two at play.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s first cub and puppy duo has proven an internet sensation thanks to a series of irresistible pictures of the two at play.

The cheetah arrived at the park a month ago after its mother ceased caring for him.

After a wave of fans started following the pair a naming contest was started. It just wrapped up and the official names have been released.  The 16-week-old female yellow Lab puppy will be named Mtani, Swahili for “close friend. The 8-week-old male cheetah cub will be named Kasi, Swahili for “one with speed.”

“Male cheetahs are social and often live together in coalitions,” said Tim Smith, a curator for Busch Gardens. “This social bond will be a very similar relationship, and they will be together for life.”

Kasi and Mtani have been spending play time together each day and are eventually expected to live with one another.

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8 thoughts on “Kasi and Mtani: A Dog and a Cheetah Shack Up

  1. That is so cute I only wish human beings could get along like these two, Then there would be no more wars ETC!!!!!! I agree with Carolynn “Animals are good people or should I say GREAT people”!!!!

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