Spotlight United Arab Emirates: A Hungry Cheeta Caught in Al-Ain City dies

Al-Ain Zoo confirmed that the cheetah which escaped from his owner house and caught by authority officers died.

Last week, a five-month old cheetah, somehow, managed to escape its cage and ran away from his owner's house. It kept roaming in Al-Ain city streets and its touring ended in breaking out and sneaking into Emirati family house while they are inside.

The family stated that they heard unusual sounds coming from their yard.  A family member went to check out the sounds and found that unexpected and definitely not welcome gust is visiting them and started eating their poultry.

The guest was A HUNGRY CHEETAH?!

(Fortunately, the animal did not find a kid at this time)

The panic family locked themselves inside their house and called authorities help. The police officers rushed to the incident place and with the help of authorities, they caught the cheetah. The cheetah then was transferred to Al-Ain Zoo but unfortunately died after few hours.

“The cheetah was found stressed and severely malnourished.” said Dr. Majed Al-Qussimi, Deputy Chief Veterinarian at Al-Ain Zoo, to The National Newspaper.

"People don't understand the consequences of such decisions. It is a cute cheetah cub now, but in a year you would have a full-grown carnivore at hand, too large to control. And if not fed properly, their hunting instinct could kick in, which could be very dangerous if children are around". said Dr. Majed Al-Qussimi.

“Authorities should give more attention and stop issuance of import permits for such species. Here at the International Fund for Animal Welfare we believe that wild animals belong to the wild and keeping exotic wild animals in houses should be stopped immediately. “Said Dr. Elsayed Mohamed, IFAW Middle East Regional Director.

In the meantime, a female baboon was captured in Al-Ain city after it escaped from its owner.

“This issue can be solved by taking action steps such as: increased efforts to stop illegal wildlife trade through borders and entry points and increased public awareness about the diseases that may be transmitted from animals to humans, especially from primates, by conducting and organizing outreach and education seminars and campaigns.” Said Dr. Elsayed.

IFAW MENA office is conducting wildlife enforcement trainings to help the authority officers to monitor the implementation and enforcement of national legislation and CITES and fight the illegal wildlife trade.

In addition, IFAW MENA office is continuously publishing kids book stories which aims to educate children about wildlife animals and why these animals can’t be our pets. 

-- MO

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