Cheetah's best friend: Loyal dog stays by his best pal's side to help the cheetah cub recover from surgery on his legs
- The puppy called Raina was a tower of strength for her friend Ruuxa a cheetah cub
- Ruuxa underwent surgery at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park to fix a condition which had given him bow legs
- Loyal Raina was right by the cheetah's side as he emerged from the anaethisia, according to zoo officials
- After the operation officials said that Raina appeared very concerned about Ruuxa when she saw he was sleeping and she couldn't wake him
- However, the little cheetah is now expected to make a full recovery
By Belinda Robinson
Published: 20:39 EST, 5 September 2014 | Updated: 00:06 EST, 6 September 2014
A puppy proved to be a loyal friend to her best mate a cheetah cub after she kept a vigil by his bedside following surgery to repair a growth abnormality in the little cub’s legs.
The puppy called Raina was a tower of strength for her friend Ruuxa, a male cheetah, who had an operation at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park to fix a condition which causes bow legs.
Loyal Raina, a Rhodesian ridgeback puppy was by her pal's side constantly and even accompanied him to see the veterinarian on Wednesday to make sure he was comfortable before the operation.
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Just the two of us: Loyal Raina, a Rhodesian ridgeback puppy accompanied the cheetah to the veterinary on Wednesday
Is everything alright? Raina checks on her pal a cheetah before the surgery takes place
I'm here buddy: Loyal Raina was by her friend's side constantly even during the operation
After the surgery, the puppy stayed close by as her fiend emerged from the anaethisia, according to zoo officials.
The male cheetah cub suffered from a condition where the growth plate in the ulna stopped growing before the radius which caused a bowing of limbs.
But he needn’t have worried, as he received full support from Raina, who even lay down in the operating room as the operation took place.
‘This is a condition occasionally seen in domestic dogs and, if not treated, can cause pain and problems with the animal's ability to walk later in life,’ Jeff Zuba, a senior veterinarian who helped with the procedure told AOL.
‘With the help of Dr. Sean Aiken, who is experienced with this procedure, we were able to correct the deformity.’
Procedure: Jeff Zuba, a senior veterinarian who helped with the procedure said that they were able to correct the deformity that Ruuxa was suffering with
X-Ray: Park officials said the cheetah cub was recently diagnosed with a condition where the growth plate in the ulna stopped growing before the radius, causing a bowing of the limbs
I'm here: After surgery, the puppy was given access to the recovering cheetah and sat by his side until he came too
The devoted puppy provided after care for her friend and sat with the cheetah until he came out of sedation.
Park officials said Ruuxa and Raina have been constant companions since they were paired together at four and five weeks of age, respectively.
Reassurance: The puppy appears to be giving the cheetah a pep talk to let him know that he will be okay
Inseparable: The young cheetah is expected to make a full recovery and be playing with his pal soon
Susie Ekard, an animal training manager at the Safari Park said: ‘Raina appeared very concerned about Ruuxa when she saw he was sleeping and she couldn't wake him.’
‘She licked him and nuzzled him, and when he awoke, she lay with him and seemed very content to know her cheetah was okay.’
The young cheetah is expected to make a complete recovery.
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