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Cheetah Mistakes Meerkats Attacks As Grooming

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Kinji, is a friendly young cheetah, who stays at Cheetah Experience. It is a not-for-profit organization in South Africa that provides sanctuary for a number of endangered and threatened species, including cheetahs, leopards, male lions, servals, caracals, African wildcats, wolves, meerkats and a Siberian tiger.

The friendly loves the meerkats, and often goes down to visit them. But, the felling is not mutual as meerkats see Kinji as a natural enemy and a threat, but, the cheetah just wants a little attention. He rubes himself on the enclosure, but the meerkats furiously try to repel him with fearless attacks. He thinks that these attacks are and loves it.

According to caretaker Dolph C. Volker, Kinji very rarely purrs and the meerkat ‘attacks’ are one of the only things that gets him do it. “Not even I can get Kinji to purr” he says. “I think Kinji enjoys the scratching the meerkats do to his fur. But they are definitely trying to hurt him.” I guess some like it rough!

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