These two unexpected friends don't break up - even during surgery. Cheetah Ruuxa needed surgery on its front legs as they were growing abnormally which could cause pain later in life. Best friend Raina the Rhodesian Ridgeback waited by his side in the surgery room at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park until everything was complete.
When Ruuxa woke up, Raina was there to greet him "Raina seemed so worried about Ruuxa when she saw that he was asleep and couldn't wake him," said Susie Eckard, Safari Park's Animal Training Director. "She licking her, and when she woke up, she slept with him and looked so happy to know that her close friend cheetah was fine."