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    Default The woman who shares her home with four cheetahs, five lions and two tigers

    Sharing a bed with your furry friend has taken on a whole new meaning for Riana Van Nieuwenhuizen.
    The sanctuary worker shares her South African home with not one but FOUR orphaned cheetahs, five lions and two tigers.
    Forty-six-year-old Riana said: 'I love them all. But they're a handful.'


    Two of Riana Van Nieuwenhuizen big cats fight to be top dog in her South African home

    Riana bought her first cheetah, Fielain 2006, after realising the big cats were in trouble and heading for extinction with only 1000 left in Africa.
    She left her full time job working for the department of justice - a position she had held for 22 years - and found temporary employment on a game ranch where she could raise her beloved big cat.
    But Riana's real dream was fully realised after she set up the not-for-profit Fiela Funds Cheetah Breeding Project in South Africa to ensure the long-term survival of the cheetah and their ecosystem.


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    Happy families: Riana with three of her five white lion cubs Vanilla, Snowball and Snowflake and two tigers

    The project spreads over a hectare of land and visitors can meet Fiela and the other cats and even have their pictures taken.
    And if you want to outdo your friends in the wedding photo stakes the project also offers newly weds the chance to be snapped cuddling up to a big cat.
    The cats in Riana's own home are truly part of the family and are allowed to roam freely.



    Fight like cat and dog? Riana's two dogs snuggle up with one big cat


    Say cheeeeetah: For the ultimate wedding snap couples can have their picture taken with a cat at the project

    They make it known when they are hungry, even jumping up onto work surfaces in an attempt to snatch a bite of whatever's going.
    Luckily Riana's two dogs aren't on the menu but instead romp with the cats and even snuggle down with them for a snooze.
    The cheetahs have even been known to sit in on the odd card game but whether they offered any cat-like-cunning or poker faces is unknown.

    I share my home with 11 cats - four cheetahs, five lions and two tigers | Mail Online

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    They're beautiful, sleek animals. I just hope someone doesn't end up paying for all this closeness with his or her life some day. These aren't pets.

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    Yeah-this could end very badly.
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    Stupid. I don't see how this helps much with the loss of cheetahs' territory, unless her project involves convincing everyone opening up their houses to wildlife.
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    The litter box must be huge
    "Well isn't that special"

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    ^ Yeah, about the size of Miami Beach.

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    Cats should not be allowed on the counter.

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    I bet she's single.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KristiB View Post
    Cats should not be allowed on the counter.
    Tell that to my bf!! I really had to talk him hard out of it.
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    Hello???Sigfried and Roy Part Deux

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    I didn't realize how big cheetahs were.
    I truly hope nothing bad happens....

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