Aurora continues to live at the CCF Centre, sharing an enclosure with Rainbow and two other females, Harry and Hermione.
Aurora has always been closely bonded with Rainbow as, even though they are not siblings, they came to CCF around the time period when they were both three months old. Rainbow and Aurora both turned two years old in November 2014, and it is obvious that they are both attempting to exercise their independence a bit more.
Although Harry and Hermoine are much older and more experienced, Aurora stands up for herself during feeding time, and is often the first one through the gate to get her food. Of all four of these females, Aurora has kept her wild tendencies in the most obvious way. She remains quite feisty and won’t hesitate to hiss at her keepers while she receives treats.
In August, all of the cheetahs at the Centre got a new neighbor. This new arrival, a five–month-old cheetah cub named B2 who had been orphaned from his mother in the wild, caused quite a stir with the cheetahs!
Rainbow and Aurora, being the next youngest Centre cheetahs were candidates for being bonded with B2. They were moved into an adjoining pen to gauge their reaction to this new cub. Rainbow was the first to approach him, and showed no aggression, just curiosity. However, due to Aurora’s adverse reaction to B2, it was decided to bond him with another cheetah.
Rainbow and Aurora, although exercising their independence most days, can still be caught curling up together under a tree at the end of the day and grooming each other.
Our thanks to Jo-Anne Duval-Reynolds of Vancouver, BC for her continued support and sponsorship of Aurora.