Feisty Flash is the naughtiest of the trio that is Bolt, Bullet and Flash. These three cheetahs were all the result of a captive birth at the N/a’an ku sê Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary. Despite the N/a’an ku sê team’s best efforts to prevent captive conception, a wild male cheetah broke through all barriers and impregnated a female cheetah resident at the sanctuary. It’s important to know that breeding in captivity is prohibited by law in Namibia. The N/a’an ku sê Foundation is in full agreement with this, as it prevents travesties such as exotic animal trade and the exploitation of wild animals.
As with Bolt and Bullet, it was decided to hand raise Flash. Why? If remaining with his semi-habituated mother, Flash would no doubt have adopted her wild tendencies. These tendencies prevent a fully enriched captive life, with us not able to utilise all animal enrichment items that we can with fully habituated cats. For example, Bolt, Bullet and Flash are adept at chasing the cheetah lure, this activity allowing them to embrace the speed so inherent to these felines. The decision to hand raise this band of brothers was a difficult one, the sanctuary team considering all factors, the ultimate welfare of the cheetahs paramount.
Why not bring Flash into your family with a symbolic adoption? It’s a mere USD 200.00 per year and every bit benefits the animals of the N/a’an ku sê Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary.
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