He may only be ten weeks old but it looks like this adorable cheetah cub has already gained himself a rather unexpected friend for life.
Upon contracting pneumonia shortly after being born, this baby cheetah – whose name is Emmett – was transferred from a Conservation centre in Cumberland, Ohio, to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
But despite receiving the treatment he required, the poor little mite was finding it difficult to adjust to his new surroundings and so he was introduced to a seven-week-old puppy called Cullen.
According to a now viral Facebook post, staff at the facility believe Cullen will help Emmett settle into his new home as the golden pup should help calm the cheetah who is by nature a “skittish” animal.
Then once he’s ready, the adorable cub will become an ambassador for cheetahs who are still living in the wild and his newfound friend “will be with him every step of the way”.
Images: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium