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Tuesday, 14 March 2006

Cheetah Update: Chanel

From your last update on Chanel, 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 know, Chanel arrived at CCF in May 2001 with her brothers, Calvin and Klein in very poor condition. Luckily she is a fighter and she pulled through.

Chanel is the largest female at CCF. She is quite bold towards humans, but is less dominant when it comes to the rest of the cheetahs. Although she shares her 200 acre enclosure with 10 other female cheetahs she doesn't really seem to have bonded with any of the others and is very much a loner. This is very much how an adult female would live in the wild.

Chanel tipped the scales at 40.5 kilograms; this is above average for a Namibian female cheetah (average is 36 kilograms). 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, however they did show normal wear which is to be expected with her age.

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