Cheetah cuddles with 'father' before leaving for rewilding

Cheetah Saba is having a sentimental moment with its "father" Damian Aspinall. Saba is not a pet; it is setting off to Africa to live in the wild on its own on February 3.

Saba was hand-reared by Aspinall Foundation Chairman Damian Aspinall and his wife, Victoria, in their home. This groundbreaking project is the first time a captive-born, hand-raised cheetah has left the UK for rewilding in Africa.

The couple raised two cheetahs, Saba and Nairo, at Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury. The two cheetahs were born here, and both are to travel in Spring this year to be 'rewilded' in a new life in South Africa. 

(Cover Photo via VCG)

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