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Tuesday, 14 March 2006

Cheetah Update: Blondi

From your last update on Blondi, we’d like to tell you a bit more about her and what she has been doing over the past six-month period.

As you already know, Blondi shares an enclosure with her sister Dusty, and two other female cheetahs, Sandy and Leia. These cheetahs are excellent ambassadors to CCF and two to three times a week they thrill school groups, visitors and our own volunteers by demonstrating their athletic skills! All four girls chase a lure, showing incredible maneuverability while trying to snatch the lure in a flat-out run. Blondi is an excellent runner and seems to really enjoy the exercise. During the afternoon feeding, also most often viewed by visitors, Blondi likes to take her meat up on the roof of her shelter to eat instead of eating out of a bowl like the rest of the cheetahs.

Blondi tipped the scales at 42 kilograms, this is above average for a Namibian female cheetah (average is 36 kilograms). Her weight was in fact exactly the same as last year. During her physical, she also had all the burrs combed out and a one of our CCF volunteers, who is also a dentist, Dr. Larry Friedman, cleaned her teeth and confirmed that all her teeth were looking great!

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