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What's In a Name?

WRITTEN BY // Leah Brousse CATEGORIES // The Inverdoorn Diaries

21 - 27 July

What's In a Name?

The cubs are now eight weeks old. I can't believe that it's already been eight weeks. Time flies and the little ones are growing by the day. They are almost off the milk now and are eating a lot of meat, which leaves the cheetah girls and proud aunties Annami and Kirstine with a lot of meat work to do.

We have been very lucky with the weather this winter, so the cubs get to play outside a lot. They are very energetic and love to run around chasing after each other. For their eight-week anniversary, which was Sunday, they all got collars in different colours and they look so good. It's very important to introduce them to anything they might get into contact with later. They are wild animals and we don't want to treat them in any way like a pet, but it's important for our later work with them. We also finally decided on names.

Lula – with the pink collar

Lula is our little miracle. After we found her with a huge wound I never thought that she would make it. But she recovered quickly and the huge wound is now nothing but a little cut that we still treat. She is a real fighter and therefore her name, which means famous warrior. She is a real girl, therefore the pink collar, and so naughty. As the smallest of all three she definitely knows how to boss the two boys around.

Benji – with the blue collar

Benji, which means son of my right hand, is definitely the bravest out of the three, he meets any new person or situation with a big attitude. He is a real explorer and will run up to anything, hit it with his front legs and run away again until he knows what he is facing.

Clyde – with the green collar

Clyde is the biggest one out of the litter and now weighs 4kg. Though he is the biggest he is a real mama's boy. He loves to cuddle and always cries for attention. He is real big teddy bear, who loves to climb onto everybody's back.

About the author

Leah Brousse

Leah Brousse

Leah Brousse is the main cheetah handler at at the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation at Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge. She was born in France, grew up in Germany and now calls South Africa home where she is making her dream of working with cheetahs come true.

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