Each animal has a vital role to play in the circle of life.
Wild cheetahs in Africa found the livestock of farmers as easy prey. They kept coming close to the farmers’ homesteads to kill the goats. According to Mbeu Harakuta, a Namibian farmer, they lose ten lambs a year to the cheetahs.
The farmers had to protect their livestock, so they began eliminating the threat. In recent years, the cheetahs’ numbers had dwindled down to less than 7,000.
An organization committed to saving cheetahs in the wild called the Cheetah Conservation Fund figured out a way for humans and cheetahs to coexist so that the farmers would not have to kill off the remaining cheetahs. They began training Anatolian Shepherds to protect the farmers’ livestock. As early as four weeks old, the puppies were introduced to the goats to imprint a sense of loyalty to them.
According to Dr. Laurie Marker from CCF, the Anatolian Shepherd is an independent thinker. They do not need anyone to be by their side to tell them what to do. Their instinct to protect is very strong, which makes them perfect for the job.
The dog joins the herd and blends in with the goats. It could spot a cheetah before it comes too close to the herd to kill a lamb. The dog begins barking to scare it away. Since cheetahs are not aggressive animals, they would rather run at the sound of barking than stay for a fight.
Not only do the dogs protect the goats, but the cheetahs as well. It has been working effectively. Famers with Anatolian Shepherds have reported that the loss in their livestock has been reduced to almost none. The deaths of cheetahs are declining.
Because of the dogs, cheetahs and responsible farmers are setting a new example to live in harmony.
Source: Love Nature via YouTube