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Tuesday, 14 March 2006

Cheetah Update: Gremlin

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

As you know, Gremlin arrived at CCF an orphan with his sister, Gremlin Girl, when they were just 8 weeks old. When Gremlin Girl was sent to the USA, Gremlin was alone and in need of a friend to bond with. Gremlin now shares an enclosure with another orphan male about his same age, Josie. Gremlin appears to be the dominate male between the coalition.

Feeding time is when we see the cheetahs most. Often, when CCF staff and volunteers come to feed them he will jump at the fence without warning, frequently startling volunteers who aren't expecting it. And at other times, they get so mesmerized by watching a passing warthog or kudu that they forget to come and eat! That natural instinct to stack is so strong. Otherwise, they have very healthy appetites and come at a run at feeding times, frequently racing their neighbours, Klein and Merlot, down the fence line.

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