May 29, 2011
Stray cheetah captured in Abu Dhabi street
By Jenifer Fenton and Bryony Jones, for CNN
A young cheetah has been captured while wandering the streets of Abu Dhabi, an animal welfare activist said Sunday.
Raghad Auttabashi said the wild cat had been spotted behind a house in the Emirati capital’s Al Karamah district on Sunday morning.
Police and wildlife experts were called to the scene, and the injured cheetah was later caught by a pest control worker.
Auttabashi, of the Al Rahma animal welfare organization, said no one had been hurt in the incident; “everyone was fine and safe.”
The cheetah, which had suffered a broken left front paw, was taken to the Abu Dhabi Wildlife Center for medical treatment.
Cheetahs are native to Africa and parts of the Middle East, but are not thought to live in the wild in the United Arab Emirates.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, the cheetah is classed as ‘vulnerable’ — there are thought to be just 7,500 of the creatures left in the wild