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Feeding The World; One Animal At A Time
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VBlog Documentary Emotional 4th Reunion - Gabriel The Cheetah | Big Cat Love At Breeding Center

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My 100th video had to be about my favorite animal in this world, outside my dog Shasta, and 4th reunion of my cheetah buddy Gabriel. If you noticed, most of my videos are about him. I was back volunteering at Cheetah Experience this past December 2016 and decided to make a V-Blog of our relationship so far.

IT's A LONG ONE but necessary to show our history and true friendship over the past three years; that and a little exposure of my feelings for him. I don't like showing emotion but Gabriel brings that out in me. This video is for me to remind me of him, but was willing to reveal some of my emotion publicly.

New safety and health protocols were in place at Cheetah Experience so I was not allowed to visit Gabriel inside his enclosure as before. The news was devastating for me but a facility like CE cannot afford an incident or the over-reacting negative publicity that follows. The animals and program are more important than getting a hug from my buddy so I understand.

I was delighted that I did not need to hold Gabriel to reacquaint and reestablish our bond together. In fact, I witnessed a new behavior I had not seen before from him... Rubbing!

I often mimic positive animal behaviors and calls to aid in my relationship with animals and used Gabriel’s rubbing to help solidify ours. I simulated rubbing back against him. I don't know it he would rub me if we were face to face and not separated by a cold rusty fence.

I know my encounters with Gabriel would have been fine but CE cannot take that chance and I understand. Just this past month there were three incidents and attacks at other facilities involving cheetahs. Tragically, a three-year-old boy died from an attack by a captive cheetah that walked out of its pen because of someone's negligence. Manslaughter charges could be pending for this operator. The animals at CE cannot afford to lose support and so safety and health for both human and cheetahs must come 1st.

Enjoy my blubbering over my cheetah Buddy Gabriel. He is the 1st animal that I love that I don't own. This is because he was the 1st to fulfill a life-long boyhood dream of mine. To befriend a wild animal and have it love me back. Gabriel fulfilled that dream and it was his actions that allowed it. He came to me rather than the other way around and I could not be happier about it.

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Man Becomes Cheetah Sandwich | BIG CATS Share Blanket Pillow & Warmth With Friend - Camping

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Watch how I become a cheetah sandwich ;0 This is the long version of a clip I posted on my Facebook page awhile back and decided to expand and show some context about it. Stars Eden and Faith; two very special loving cheetahs. Not all are like these two, so don't get the idea you can just lay down inside a cheetah enclosure and expect this to happen.

I have to take cautionary measures myself with them and discuss this briefly near the end of the video. Faith has a habit of biting and Eden can get an attitude sometimes as well. They can't speak English but they communicate with you by their own body language and it's mostly posturing, facial expressions, and voice vocalization (grunts growls, chirps and groans). Point is, they can get annoyed and if you don't read their behavior, it's 10X worse than a house cat when swatting, biting, or scratching you. They even play ruff sometimes and damage you because their claws always stick out. I've trampled on by Eden at 40MPH while I was sleeping in their enclosure one morning. They will use you in their cheetah games they play.

CHEETAHS DON'T MAKE GOOD PETS. Someone suggested I mention that fact. Not only because it is an endangered species, but they need VERY special care; way beyond a common house cat. Their health can deteriorate due to many factors to include nutrition, genetic inferiority, boredom, stress, and loneliness. They get moody like a cat and will hurt you.

Dedicated researchers and scientists have spent decades studying them and ever changing their handling and care for cheetahs. For instance, recently they discovered captive cheetahs need more fatty acids in their diets because they were not getting it from game animals by not eating the organs and skin of wild game. Captive cheetahs are getting processed chicken (an unnatural diet) that is skinned and the organs removed. That causes all kinds of health problems from skin, eyes, kidneys, and mental health. The need constant care and observation and their health can deteriorate quickly.

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Cheetah Cub VS Raccoon | Cute Big Cat Cubs Play With Stuffed Toy | Breeding Center In Africa

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Eight cheetah cubs were born at Cheetah Experience, South Africa in the past year. After the terrible drought a year earlier, conditions favored breeding and more matings have occurred since. Raising the population is step one of a goal of training them for a controlled release.

The cubs are monitored 24hrs a day to ensure their safety. When in captivity, they have a greater chance of survival than in the wild, where up to 90% mortality claims cubs before their adulthood. The ratio of survival is just the opposite when cared for in a controlled environment.

Enjoy the playful antics of "Alpha" the 2 month old cheetah cub who practices his hunting techniques on a raccoon... stuffed one. Toys are given to the cubs to occupy their time and learn to bite, wrestle, and relieve teething. They are supervised the entire time.

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Adopted Handicapped Cheetah Sits in Tiny Dog Bed | Big Cat Stands Like A Meerkat

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This is Yakira or "Kiki" as she is known. A special female handicapped African cheetah with a whole lot of personality. It was unfortunate, but both of her shoulders were crushed by her mother as a cub. Multiple surgeries were not enough to prevent a permanent handicap as a result. She is still a cheetah at heart and does not know she is "limb challenged" and does not consider herself a cripple. She plays, runs, purrs, grooms, jumps up, rests on the couch and even a tiny dog or kitty cat bed!

I spent my volunteer time sharing the same house and property with Kiki but rarely saw her. These are some clips I found interesting showcasing Kiki.

She is an inspiration for anyone who lives with a physical handicap. Though she can never live like a wild cheetah, that does not stop her from being who she is... a wonderful and beautiful giant cheetah; bursting with personality. I capture her and her best friend (a black lab), resting on some chairs... one with tiny dog bed and she's overflowing in it. Next, she jumps is on top of my car after I came home one evening.

I didn't meet her but three times but even those moments were special for me. She is a nice tamed cheetah who is taken care of by some special owners who paid for her surgeries and have accepted her as a rescue for the rest of her life. You can tell she enjoys her existence despite her handicap.

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Butt Scratch Reflex Responses From BIG & small Cats | Lions Leopards Cheetahs Servals Caracals

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I was curious about the butt scratch reflex reaction of some domesticated house cats. While volunteering at Cheetah Experience, I had an opportunity to test the scratch reflex response of some Africa BIG and Small lesser cats. So I used my access to many of these African 'Wild' but tamed cats and tested the butt scratch test on them.

It's called erogenous areas on mammals; we have them too. I love my scalp gently scratched. In cats, there are certain areas that are more sensetive to touch than others. The main areas cats love scratched is the middle of the forehead, cheeks, jaw, lips, base of tail, and even in-between the paw pads. These are the areas that have scent glands and why they are more sensitive than other areas. But, a good grooming on the skin gives great feedback to all these cats.

The lumbar region is highly sensitive to touch for cats and dogs and some experts say NOT to touch your cat there or their rail and underbelly, but I think it depends on the animal. My personal feeling is the base of the tail provides some sexual stimulant because it is where female cats get mounted.

I've seen house cats mate and the male rubs that area with his body and back paws; rubbing up and down before copulation. I think the lumbar area is stimulated to relax the female before mating... because we know mating is painful for the female and she won't be as receptive if not soothed. Dogs have similar patterns of stimulation when mounting, both for dominance and mating. Makes sense to me that the area of the lumbar is stimulating and inviting to rub.

Male cats grabs the female on the scruff of the neck when mating to restrain and soothe her as well. Gripping the back of a cats neck is calming. Mothers grip their cubs necks when transporting them and the sensation relaxes the cubs so they don't struggle. Placing a large paper clip on the back of an adult cats neck makes them go limp. Same goes for the mating game as the female cat becomes aggressive due to the pain of the spiked penis of the male. A bite and pull to the neck releases endorphins and helps prevent the male from getting injured.

I have some theories about the dew claw as well... on both cats and dogs and the area where it grips the females when mating or aggressive dominance from dogs. But I'll save that for another day.

So, I test all these Big and Lesser African cats by scratching their lumber area and recording their responses. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, caracals, servals, and wild cats. I discovered the smaller lesser cats enjoyed it more than the Big cats... as you will see. But, I could not reproduce the crazy reaction some house cats get that you see in cat compilation videos that are so funny.

Enjoy! I'll continue testing other cats and individuals as I meet them. I also think the response to stimuli is based on the individual. Some of these wild cats did not like to be touched at all.

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What It's Like Being A Volunteer at Cheetah Experience South Africa - In Picttures.

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This is something I helped put together about life as a volunteer at Cheetah Experience from a photographic point of view. The Adobe Project template I used is called 100 Photo Slide Show and I modified it to show a nice slide show of what it is like volunteering at Cheetah Experience.

If you are interested in applying to volunteer at CE in Bloemfontein South Africa... here is their web page.

Volunteer: http://www.cheetahexperience.com/volunteer/
Donate: http://www.cheetahexperience.com/donate/

Work as a volunteer is demanding and tiring but the rewards in between and afterward are immeasurable for someone who loves animals... especially Big and Lesser Cats.

Please visit their other Social Media websites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cheetahexperience
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cheetahexp
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/cheetahexperience

Please like this video if you like it ;)

Thanks for watching!

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