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Zoologist Spends A Week In A Cheetah Enclosure Because Who Cares About Safety?

DECEMBER 28, 2016  —  By Sarah Jewel  
Sarah Jewel

Sarah Jewel

Animal and pizza lover with an Internet addiction. Nerd to the max. Currently residing in the land of beautiful winters.

Sometimes, trying to get to sleep in a household with cats is a difficult task -- trust me.

Zoologist Dolph C. Volker didn't care about that fact when he decided to have a week-long sleepover with two adult cheetahs, Faith and Eden. Volker says he did it to observe their nighttime behaviors. The cheetahs trusted him enough to include him in their grooming practices, give him love bites, and snuggle him each night as they all went to sleep.

According to Volker, the cheetahs probably saw him as a parent figure since they've been raised by humans their entire lives.

They treated him just like family, even getting jealous if he spent more time with one cat than the other.

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If you have a cat, you'll probably recognize a lot of these behaviors. Remember, though, that these cats feast on flesh, not Meow Mix.


This is adorable, but also pretty dangerous. Do you think this zoologist is crazy, or would you have jumped in there with him? Share this story with anyone you know who loves big (or small) kitties.


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