Zoo cheetahs chase balls launched from "cheetahpult"


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/09/13/zoo-cheetahs-exercise-by-chasi.html


#2

It’s still a zoo.


#3

This is wonderful stuff.

Now why won’t my house cats fetch things I throw?


#4

Have you considered building a catapult for them?

So? Zoos are not a priori bad, and in fact are extremely important in attempts to conserve endangered and vulnerable animals like cheetahs and other big cats.


#5

They’re going to be extinct in the wild before long.


#6

“The cheetahs get a treat when they fetch a ball.”

You don’t say!


#7

I’ve had several cats who would play fetch. Not all of them, but a few!


#8

I have not. Maybe that’s where I’m going wrong.

Huh. Are you sure they were cats?


#9

Undomesticated animals born in captivity typically cannot survive in the wild. Someone must care for them. IMHO this zoo’s particular caretakers seem pretty committed to their charges.


#10

Are antelope difficult to breed for use as food?


#11

fnVKr


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#13

That is more of a ballista design than a catapult. A catapult has a spring-loaded throwing arm that revolves on a pivot, where a ballista is like a giant crossbow.

What they really need is a cheetah trebuchet.

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#14

Well, it depends. They seem to do well with some things, but are cruel and cynical when it comes to elephants and their cherished captive breeding program.

http://freeoregonzooelephants.org/mission/


#15

Feathers? Long bill? Webbed feet? Go quack?


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