A Buddy For Life
Kumbali was the runt of the litter, and Metro Richmond zookeepers quickly intervened when they saw that his mother only had 2 of her 8 nipples functioning for her 3 cubs. After switching Kumbali to a bottle diet, zookeepers noticed that he needed another kind of support.
Male cheetahs are traditionally solitary but they will join with other males to form “coalitions.” Male cheetahs in captivity like Kumbali don’t have access to this brotherhood. But ever since introducing Kumbali to Kago the golden retriever, the two have forged a bond that lasts a lifetime.