Cheetah Run 2011   1 comment

I’m not quite sure why it took me so long to go see the cat ambassadors at the Cincinnati Zoo. Yesterday was the first official show we got to see. They made a few tweaks, but it was fun.

For starters, they talked about training a house cat, and the difficulty in that…all while a house cat demonstrated its skills. Looking at this, I wonder if Luna has a second career?
Taming a Wild Beast

One of the cheetahs sneaked out prior to the show.
Bonus Cheetah

One of the new additions was not a cat, but a porcupine named Quilliam.
Quilliam

Cleo the serval demonstrated their impressive leaping ability.
Serval Jump

My best picture was of Minnow. Fishing cats are my second favorite type of cat. You can see her diving in after a fish (follow her eye line to where it was thrown in to the pond).
Diving Minnow

She got it!
I Haz a Fish!

Two cheetahs ran. First, Chance took off!
Chance Starts His Run

It’s easy to talk about the adaptations that allow a cheetah to run at 70 miles an hour–long, flat tail, big nostrils, a springy spine, and semi-retractable claws. However, you also have to stop. Cheetahs have “brakes” in the form of skid spots up their legs. Chance demonstrates his ability to brake to catch the lure.
Chace Closes in on the Lure

Sarah, the world’s fastest cheetah, ran second. She was able to catch the lure half-way through her run. The lure seemed to catch her as well–the line got wrapped around her leg. This wrapped up the show as the trainers had to get her to walk her way out of the line.
This Isn't So Hard

Still, she is a beautiful cat!
Gorgeous Sarah

We went to the awesome cat house mediocre Night Hunters exhibit. Still can’t get good pictures there. I got a tip that if I go early, they are still in “day” phase. I’ll try that some time. Still, I got a picture of a pallas cat, with lots of processing.
Pallas Cat

And this overprocessed ant hill tiger (black-footed cat).
Overprocessed Kitty Wants a New Exhibit

In non-cat news, Illusions the manatee will be released into the wild soon.
Illusions the Manatee

For some reason, I think there people are either hippo people or rhino people. I’m a rhino person.
Rhino

It’s also “Halozooween,” so many animals, such as the polar bears, got pumpkins.
Polar Bear with a Pumpkin

And kids, such as my daughter, were running around in costume.
Caits in the Hay

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One response to “Cheetah Run 2011

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  1. Fantastic pictures! I love any kind of cat! And what fun for the kids! Great post!

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