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Meet Sasha, The Three-Legged Cheetah living in Bethlehem

Sasha overcame great adversity to eventually find his safe, forever home in Bethlehem in South Africa.

A farmer found him injured close to the Botswana border in August of 2011. It was suspected his mother was killed in the area, and he was left alone to fend for himself. 

He was treated by a vet and put under the care of a cheetah custodian. The Endangered Wildlife Trust, which runs a cheetah rewilding programme, was contacted and one-year-old Sasha began the process of trying to bond with other male cheetahs. Unfortunately, all attempts failed.

After an adaption period, Sasha was released in February 2013 into a private game reserve and slowly started to hunt.

In September 2013, just before his move to a new reserve, he was almost fatally injured by a wildebeest. With his left hind leg shattered he had to undergo intensive medical treatment. Unfortunately, amputation was the only way that he would be able to live without constant pain. The Endangered Wildlife Trust asked LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary to give Sasha a permanent home, as he needed a safe place to spend the rest of his life.

Source & Pics: https://www.lionsrock.org

Main Pic: © FOUR PAWS | Jasmine Duthie

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