Wowed About A Cheetah While Remembering It’s Place!

September 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM (animal activism, curious research, current news, environmental issues, historic review, legal issues, public debate, social opinion, web gossip)


Again, I will admit to being a true cat fanatic!  That does include cats of all types, kitty cats of all kinds, large and small, domestic and wild.  I was delighted by the recent CNN clip about a cheetah.

Tourists had taken a journey to Africa, going on a safari trip to Kenya.  They were riding in a jeep into the safari region of Masai Mara National Reserve, viewing the exotic animals and the fascinating scenery.  None of them was prepared for the suprise that sprung upon their vehicle while in the midst of the tour!

As the passengers were slowly riding through the safari region, listening to the statements being made by the guide, they received a sudden shock.  A cheetah lept onto the half-opened roof of the jeep, and it made itself comfortable!  Obviously, everyone inside of the jeep was stunned, if not altogether scared.

The safari guide instructed the passengers to remain quiet!  He did mention that the cheetah could attack if startled by noises and sudden movements.  If the cat was to attack any of the riders inside of the jeep they more than likely would not have lived to relay the story to curious listeners at future occasions!  Obviously, the tourists followed these directions, as they possibly were bewildered and/or frightened beyond any previous experiences.

The cheetah stayed atop the open-roof jeep for roughly forty-five minutes!  It is difficult to imagine these people sitting inside of a nearly-closed space for this extended length of time, without making any movements or noises.  It is difficult to believe that at least one of them did not pee on himself, or herself!  Maybe they did!

The cheetah is one of the most endangered species of animal on the planet.  Of course, human beings are the prime cause for this situation.  There have been significant efforts to protect this animal from human interference, yet we remain responsible for the majority cause of the cheetah’s elimination from Planet Earth.  As this cat’s species population has fallen significantly within this past half-century, positive estimates indicate that up to 12,000 cheetahs, at most, remain within wilderness areas of the entire planet!

The cheetah is indigenous to the African continent.  It is highlighted regularly because of it’s status as the world’s fastest land mammal.  These feline fellows of fleetness are able to achieve speeds up to seventy miles per hour when running within open land.  A cheetah can only maintain it’s greatest speed for a distance of no more than three hundred yards, yet this is more than enough speed to catch it’s prey within free fields.  Their main hunt is the Thompson’s gazelle, a fleet-footed animal itself, which is capable of racing away at speeds up to sixty-five miles per hour!

As a true cat lover, I have a deep emotional sentiment for the cheetah.  It is upsetting to realize that this animal is so close to becoming extinct, and that humanity is the ultimate reason for this shockingly shameful situation.  Currently, there are efforts being made to protect the cheetah, hopefully working toward actually preventing the species from being eliminated for all time.  Organizations that include The A.S.P.C.A., Big Cats Wildlife Conervation Society, Cheetah Conservation Fund, The Dewildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre, The Endangered Species Coalition, and Panthera are some of the groups that are dedicating time, people, and funds toward work that is meant to save the cheetah from ultimate global eradication.  All cat lovers, all animal lovers, and all people who respect life are urged to visit these sites for the protection of cheetahs, as well as all other endangered animals!

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://www.outtoafrica.nl/animals/engcheetah.html?zenden=2&subsoort_id=2&bestemming_id=1
http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_c2#/video/offbeat/2012/09/20/tsr-pkg-moos-eye-to-eye-cheetah.cnn
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/cheetah-holds-kenyan-safari-hostage-45-minutes-article-1.1165212
http://www.cheetah.org/?nd=conservation
http://www.defenders.org/cheetah/basic-facts
http://wiki.answers.com/…to_protect_the_cheetahs_from_extinction
http://pictures-of-cats.org/endangered-cheetah.html

cheetah animated gifs

Check out this bootleg compilation video of various artists singing Patti LaBelle’s classic If Only You Knew!

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