A huge furore created by 8 Cheetas brought in Kuno National Park, Madhya Pradesh from Namibia has lead to many misinformation floating on social media.
A small video clip of a Cheeta purring “meow” like a cat is also viral with many established media houses claiming it to be of one of the Cheetas brought in yesterday, while few others/politicians are making joke out of it.
National President of Samajwad Party and 20th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, UP, Akhilesh Yadav tweeted the video with the following text –
सबको इंतज़ार था दहाड़ का… पर ये तो निकला बिल्ली मौसी के परिवार का
Translation: Everyone had been waiting for a roar but this came out to be from cat family
सबको इंतज़ार था दहाड़ का… पर ये तो निकला बिल्ली मौसी के परिवार का.
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh)
के जन्मदिन के मौके पर 70 साल बाद देश में आज से हुई चीता युग की शुरुआत, नामीबिया से भारत लाए गए 8 चीते
— ET Now Swadesh (@ETNowSwadesh)
| Check out this video of the growling as they arrived in from
— Free Press Journal (@fpjindia)
First look of arriving from to
— Bosky Khanna (@BoskyKhanna)
Here they are!
Welcome to your new home Cheetah🏞️
MP which is Tiger & Leopard State will now become Cheetah State too.
From today 17 Sept, PM Modi’s Birthday will always be remembered as a historic day in Bhartiya Wildlife history🇮🇳
— The Madhya Pradesh Index (@mp_index)
Here they come💕
1st of the nine cheetahs from Namibia. Ready to travel to India.
— Susanta Nanda IFS (@susantananda3)
ke 🐆है में ही जीते है 🐆
— Ravi Ranjan (@RaviRanjanIn)
ये चीटिंग हैं चीटिंग
तुमने तो कहा था ये दहाड़ेगा पर ये तो म्याऊं म्याऊं कर रहा है…😜
— Lekhraj Meena 💎 (@Lekhrajmeena86)
हाय राम ये तो म्याऊँ म्याऊँ कर रहा है???
— Mamta Tripathi (@MamtaTripathi80)
जो लोग कह रहे हैं नक़ली है 🤣 उनके लिए ख़ास जानकारी चीते दहाड़ते नही,बिल्लियों की तरह गुर्राते है ।
— journalistKirtibindal (@Anchorkirti)
This viral video is not of any of the eight Cheetas brought in from Namibia yesterday nor is the video taken yesterday. The video is at least 10 months old and is of siblings Lavani and Kitu Cheetas
Complete Video of the brothers published in Nov 2021-
Cheetas, Lavani and Kitu are brothers in Minnesota, US
A NEW HOME: The 11-year-old brothers, Lavani and Kitu who are the only cheetahs known to reside in Minnesota, arrived and are settling into their “wild at heart” retirement home.
— KBJR 6 (@KBJR6news)
In April of 2021, The Wildcat Sanctuary welcomed 11 year old cheetah brothers, Kitu and Lavani.
Our first priority is, and has always been, rescuing privately-owned wild cats in need. But when we have available habitat space that isn’t currently being used by our rescues, we’re happy to help other exotic cats who would benefit from life at our sanctuary.
These elderly cheetah brothers were retired from an AZA-accredited zoo where they were part of the Survival Species Plan (SSP), an international program which ensures the survival of certain species which are threatened or endangered in the wild, and needed a permanent retirement home.
Life at the Sanctuary
While Minnesota may seem like an odd choice for a retirement home for a species that lives in warm climates in the wild, our sanctuary is the perfect choice because we specialize in individualized geriatric care through our Comfort Care Program.
With our temperature-controlled indoor areas, free-roaming habitats and onsite veterinary care, we’re well suited to give these bonded brothers the off-exhibit retirement they deserve.
Since individualized care is at the forefront of everything we do, we will also be adding more covered and heated outdoor areas so these brothers will be comfortable year-round.
Kitu is 11 years old. He’s easy to tell from his brother since he has an “Elvis lip.” The left side of his mouth curls up.
He settled in to his new life at the sanctuary as if he’s always lived here. How amazing to see him enjoying the large natural habitat we prepared for him!
Whether it’s catnapping in the shade under the trees, or chatting with his new neighbors, he’s just as comfortable as can be. Who said cheetahs are high strung!
It’s very different hearing cheetahs vocalizing and we love that new sound from him and his brother. They’re both very social and love talking with their caretakers. We’re so happy for them, seeing how much they feel perfectly at home now…for the rest of their days.