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    Cool Cheetahs Riding Shotgun!

    Did you know cheetahs ride shotgun?

    By Raphael Orlove | Jalopnik Thu, Jan 26, 2012 3:32 PM EST




    The Cincinnati Zoo has a traveling version of its Cat Ambassador Program where zoo trainers bring a cheetah and several "smaller" cats to local schools. And that means road trips. But not in a cage. Nope. When these cheetahs go out on the town, they ride shotgun.

    This is Sara, who became the fastest animal on earth back in 2009, breaking the 100 meter sprint record at 6.13 seconds. To put that in perspective, Usain Bolt's official human record is a languid 9.58 seconds.

    World record holders aren't the only ones who get to ride in the zoo's Subaru Forester. Below, find a photo of another cheetah named Nia who was just a year old when the picture was taken as she looks out at Cincinnati.

    Are we the only ones who think it's weird that a program requiring the disclaimer of "Due to the nature of wild cats, students will not be permitted to touch animals" probably shouldn't be running said wild cats around town in the front seat of a car? Sure, we've seen this type of thing before, but that was Dubai not Ohio.

    What if there's an accident? Or what if someone sees the cat in the front seat and, you know, flips the hell out?

    So is this legal? Although we know Ohio has pretty lax laws on exotic animals we know that it may be illegal to do so on the Ohio Turnpike thanks to Section 5537-3-01 of the pay-for-use road's rules. The section concerns limitations on use of the turnpike and clearly states: "Vehicles transporting animals or poultry not properly secured or confined." We're assuming that could mean the front seat.

    Of course, Cincinnati is nowhere near the turnpike and otherwise it appears Ohio's statutes are silent on the subject. But this is Ohio we're talking about so we're just impressed they have laws of any sort.

    (Hat tip to: $kaycog!)

    Photo Credit: Cheetah Days/the Cincinnati Zoo


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    That looks so funny!
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    I read in a cheetah-enthusiast article that a) no cheetah has ever killed a person, b) they're a cross between feline and canine, and c) they could the result of alien genetic experiments because all male cheetahs are identical twins and all female cheetahs are identical too. That said, I would still be freaked out if I saw a cheetah riding shotgun in a car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat Scorp View Post
    , b) they're a cross between feline and canine,
    That's just not possible.
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    Hence the lol. I used to be a big conspiracy/aliens/alternative news fanatic, and this article was published in either Nexus or New Dawn. I threw out 10+years of the mags back in December, otherwise I'd (sadly) quote the issue number for you.

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    I wasn't even going to touch the crazy but since you're a reformed loonie(congratulations by the way!)...

    " It is thought that the species went through a prolonged period of inbreeding following a genetic bottleneck during the last ice age."wiki

    seems a lot more plausible than alien cloning.
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    I dunno - I like the sound of "Alien Cloning" a lot. And I'd love to see one of these riding shotgun around Detroit. Hell, I'd even take one in my car; he/she would have to be the navigator though. No free rides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brookie View Post
    I dunno - I like the sound of "Alien Cloning"
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    Gimme a fuckin' break Twitch - I've only had one coffee so far. My brain's still thawing.
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    As Canadian as possible under the circumstances

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