I met Gabriel the Cheetah a year ago in 2014 at Cheetah Experience when he was 10 months old; spending a majority of my free time playing, walking, wrestling, hanging out, letting him groom, feeding, and even sleeping at night with him. He is now an adolescent Cheetah and exactly the same as I remembered him; very affectionate; mouthy and nibbly; licky, and loving to love.
Story & Video by: Dolph C. Volker
My very 1st encounter with any Cheetah was with Gabriel last year. He immediately came to me the 1st day without reservation; chewing on my pants & knee. I was apprehensive about Cheetahs but Gabriel kept coming to me. I was told he liked men & that is why he approached me. He soon took away any fears I had of him & the other Cheetahs on the farm. I still kept a healthy respect for them, but no longer feared them.
I don’t know if Gabriel remembered me or not, he seemed confused who I was when we 1st met between the fence. But his old personality shined through over the weeks as I continued meeting him between the fence & inside his enclosure. I was told he had changed but discovered he had not with me.
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Story & Video: Dolph C. Walker
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