You’ve probably seen someone sleeping with cats and dogs, but have you ever seen a human sleeping with cheetahs? If not, this story is a must read for you.
A video has gone viral on social media showing a man sleeping with three cheetahs at night. Originally posted on YouTube by Dolph C Volker in January 2019, it’s gaining traction again.
He said in the video’s caption, “I love it when I know the answer to a question before it’s asked. Do cheetahs prefer cold concrete or warm blankets and company?”
According to Mr. Vokler’s Facebook profile, he is an animal lawyer with a degree in zoology and is fascinated by animal behavior, studying all his life and even planning a cheetah conservation project.
“They are all quite tame as they have been groomed for the breeding program so if they have cubs they can be closely monitored. An accepting and approachable mother will allow that. There is a plan to release one of these cheetahs in the near future put in a protected game,” he says in the video.
According to Mr. Volker, he was given special permission to spend his nights with the three cheetahs because he had watched them grow up and developed a relationship with them during previous volunteer work.
“I think it’s really cool that these cheetahs trust me and love me enough to share their most vulnerable time at night to cuddle, purr and share their warmth and sleep with me. It’s an extremely satisfying feeling,” added he to it.
The video has been viewed 17 million times and over three lakh likes on YouTube. Netizens was surprised and made sincere comments.
“I also want to cuddle with them,” commented one user.
“OMG, that’s the most loving and peaceful video I’ve seen today,” wrote a second user.
“This man is living my wildest dream,” commented a third user.
Females and their pups and lone males make up the social groups of the cheetah. Males are more stationary than females and can instead create significantly smaller territories in locations with an abundance of prey and access to females. The cheetah is most active during the day, with peak activity between sunrise and sunset.
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