Toddlers Live with Pet Cheetahs
The next time your kids ask you for a new pup, remember…it could be bigger.
Hein and Kim Schoeman have given 3-year-old Malan and 1-year-old Kayla two pet cheetahs in their South African home
The Schoemans who work as animal trainers are trying to use their home as an example of how wild animals can live among people.
“At the end of the day, it all boils down to how humans and nature can live together and respect each other,” Hein Schoeman said in an interview. “That’s what it’s about.”
The 1-year-old cheetahs Wakku and Skyla were taken in by the Schoemans in an attempt to save the animals from possible starvation. And while the kids seem to be enjoying their company, the cheetahs are currently being trained to hunt so they can later re-enter the wild.
“So when they go visit their cheetah out in the wild someday, they’ll be in that land rover, seeing that beautiful creature out there 100, 200 yards away. That’s how far they’ll stay away from it,” zookeeper Jack Hanna explained. “Let him be a cheetah.”
The story is vaguely reminiscent of the 3-year-old crocodile wrangler and the young tot who played with fully grown gorillas in their cage.