Napping with a cheetah? It sounds unreal, but some animal lovers are willing to do, no matter how dangerous that may be, they believe animals to the end. And Dolph C. Volker, a wildlife photographer from the U.S. is one of the example of those people. His love for animals has doubled when he held his dying dog in his arms, he was overwhelmed with feelings of deep grief.
After his dog crossed the rainbow bridge, he decided to devote his life to do anything he can to help animals. For this reason, he started to use up his vacation days and savings to volunteer at the Cheetah Experience. This is a sanctuary for the purpose of protecting and preserving the cheetah and other endangered and threatened species in South Africa. And it was there that he became obsessed about learning and experiencing more about cheetahs.
Initially, Volker was a little afraid to be so close to the cheetahs, but now, they are the best friends and are not scared to stay close to each other. He’s made a lot of friends at the sanctuary, including a cheetah named Eden. He has become so close to cheetahs that he now calls himself “The Cheetah Whisperer.”
Wolker got to know Eden when she approached him while he was taking a nap under a tree. She walked up to him and looked at him as if he was one of them. So, she also decided to sleep near this harmless human. They cuddle together and Volker even lets Eden bite, lick and groom him. And that was the beginning of their unbelievable, inseparable, and fascinating friendship.
“I had no idea Cheetahs were so special. I’ve fallen in love with them. It’s an incredible species that truly deserve help, support, and protection,” Volker says. That’s why Volker loves to work with cheetahs, and his YouTube channel is filled with videos of Volker and his cheetah friends.
You can watch Wolker and Eden’s soothing bond of friendship in the video below.
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