Cheetah cubs (and their puppy pal) join Dallas Zoo

Two male cheetah cubs have joined the Dallas Zoo population, and zoo officials have marked the occasion by providing them with a puppy. Who says cats and dogs can't get along? 

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Two male cheetah cubs, Winspear and Kamau, have joined the Dallas Zoo population. Zoo officials have marked the occasion by providing them with a puppy – an 8-week-old black Labrador retriever named Amani.

Two male cheetah cubs have joined the Dallas Zoo population. Zoo officials have marked the occasion by providing them with a puppy.

The 8-week-old feline brothers, Winspear and Kamau, were born July 8 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va.

The zoo is providing them with an 8-week-old black Labrador retriever puppy named Amani. According to a zoo statement, Amani means "peace" in Swahili.

Since Labs are easygoing in public settings and since the pup will grow with the cubs, zoo experts believe he'll provide a calming influence for the cats.

Winspear and Kamau will join the zoo's Animal Adventures outreach program to help teach the public about their highly endangered species.

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