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King cheetahs are variety of cheetahs with a rare mutation caused by a recessive allele. Their cream-colored fur are marked with large, blotchy spots and three dark, wide stripes extend from the neck to the tail.

King cheetahs are variety of cheetahs with a rare mutation caused by a recessive allele. Their cream-colored fur are marked with large, blotchy spots and three dark, wide stripes extend from the neck to the tail.

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AGreatWind
AGreatWind
4 months ago

Just to clarify the genetic terminology a bit: a mutation occurs IN an allele, not BY the allele.

An allele is just an alternative version of a gene arising from mutation. In diploid organisms a gene has two copies, one on each chromosome. Two alleles. One from mom, one from dad. Usually.

Enough with the basic lingo of genetics, now on with the racing stripes and Adidas jokes!

NotQuiteNewt
NotQuiteNewt
4 months ago

Hi I love cheetahs, and so should you!

If anyone saw this picture and got curious, I have a small amount of experience that might help answer some questions that might arise in this thread:

> **Do King Cheetahs happen naturally?**

Yes, though they are extremely rare in natural habitats and most photos are from captive-born cheetahs.

> **Is this a picture from a Tiger King situation?**

No. Or, *most likely* no. Cheetahs are/were notoriously difficult to breed in captivity and lack the cultural/practical conditions that would lead to people privately owning a bunch of them, especially in America. Most demand for them is as individual pets on the black market, not as large scale operations- I’ll get to this later.

> **So why is it on a leash?**

For animals like lions or tigers, it’s common to see pictures of somebody walking one on a leash. Most photos like this are from “pet-a-tiger” places, this is irresponsible and should not be done at reputable zoological facilities.

However, in the case of cheetahs specifically, this can actually be done quite safely and can be an effective part of responsible training for the benefit of the cheetah and the keepers. It has to be done correctly by trained zoological staff, but leash-training for cheetahs is not inherently bad, and often is quite good.

This picture looks like an ambassador cheetah demonstration, but even without public display, having them leash-trained is an effective strategy for increasing their overall quality of care just like it would be for leash-training your dog.

> **Do many people have pet cheetahs?**

Very very very few people have “pet” cheetahs= unfortunately, there are also very, very, very few cheetahs left on the planet.

Right now, likely the **number one threat to cheetahs** is the illegal demand for them as private pets on the black market. This market is mostly fueled by a very tiny population of ultra-wealthy Middle Eastern individuals, particularly in Saudi Arabia, and forms a direct chain of poachers, smugglers, and middlemen. It is a very real problem.

Direct hunting used to be the number one threat by far, and it still does happen, but in the past 20 years such killings have drastically decreased thanks to community engagement and education programs.

> **How can I help cheetahs?**

Glad you asked! It’s impossible to sing enough praises to [The Cheetah Conservation Fund](https://cheetah.org/about/what-we-do/conservation/)- without their center in Namibia, cheetahs literally might be extinct in the wild right now, and their strategies are model examples of effective longterm conservation of carnivores.

You can help directly through their [Amazon Wishlists](https://cheetah.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/wishlist/) or by [sponsoring individual cheetahs.](https://cheetah.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/sponsor/)

If anyone wants to talk more about cheetahs, I visited the Cheetah Fund last year and did an internship as a cheetah keeper this past Winter. Both experiences were lifechanging and the more people are excited about cheetahs, the better!

bennyboi423
bennyboi423
4 months ago

Adidas cheetah

bed_doggo
bed_doggo
4 months ago

Race stripes!

PanoMano0
PanoMano0
4 months ago

That’s 10 extra horsepower right there with the racing stripes

skyfall91404
skyfall91404
4 months ago
Caslu222
Caslu222
4 months ago

This made me realize: in Transformers Beast Wars, Cheetor turns into this somewhat freaky looking primal cheetah. Today, I learned that ~~Primal~~ Transmetal 2 Cheetor is a real thing.

punkassunicorn
punkassunicorn
4 months ago

More fun facts! For a while the King Cheeta was thought to be its own extremely rare subspecies, not just a genetic mutation.

CallMeComrade
CallMeComrade
4 months ago

Ngl cheetahs are the most beautiful and elegant predators on land

levishand
levishand
4 months ago

Looks like he’s got the slav squat down as well, pass the vodka and cigarettes

AJR6905
AJR6905
4 months ago

If we’re going by human history, *time to inbreed them because they look cool*

Dyomist
Dyomist
4 months ago

TRIIIIII POLOSKI

PinkFridayTheFirst
PinkFridayTheFirst
4 months ago

*Well I didnt vote for him*

simojako
simojako
4 months ago

For educational purposes:

A mutation *in* the allele caused this. A mutation cannot be caused by an allele, as mutations are the cause of the change.

rajfromsrilanka
rajfromsrilanka
4 months ago

This is especially cool, because cheetahs have a very low diversity compared to other species, probably due to them nearly going extinct a long time ago

pezlord345
pezlord345
4 months ago

Cheeto

MrsTruce
MrsTruce
4 months ago

He’s just a allele different 🙂

alias0000
alias0000
4 months ago

Slav cat

iwantmeowmix12392
iwantmeowmix12392
4 months ago

Unfortunately for them, king cheetahs are extremely prone to overheating. That is why they are so rarely seen in the wild and are more common in cheetah sanctuary’s and zoo settings.

gijsdeman01
gijsdeman01
4 months ago

What does this do for their camo?

confuseum
confuseum
4 months ago

I can has crown?

just_dots
just_dots
4 months ago

The monster trademarking is starting to get out of control.

3percentinvisible
3percentinvisible
4 months ago

And a fantastic mullet

sparke16
sparke16
4 months ago

I like my cheetahs with racing stripes.

omardwider
omardwider
4 months ago

Dida cheetah

DropKikMonkey
DropKikMonkey
4 months ago

Aditahs

bahdkitty
bahdkitty
4 months ago

is this Kgosi from Sonoma County?

KingsleyBetmann
KingsleyBetmann
4 months ago

So this is where Adidas got the three stripe logo 😂

SaulGoodman121
SaulGoodman121
4 months ago

Racing stripes, they add a few horsepower.

high_on_melatonin
high_on_melatonin
4 months ago

RACING STRIPES!!

Hara-Kiri
Hara-Kiri
4 months ago

This advertising is getting ridiculous.

lacroa1
lacroa1
4 months ago

Sponsored.

Real_Trip
Real_Trip
4 months ago

Monster energy cat

IXIoSTEVENoIXI
IXIoSTEVENoIXI
4 months ago

Racing stripes, fool.

turds-of-fury
turds-of-fury
4 months ago

Acheetahs

404FoxNotFound
404FoxNotFound
4 months ago

Looks like it was racing a truck and lost.

Justux205
Justux205
4 months ago

Where can I get Nike cheetah?

gofigure85
gofigure85
4 months ago

Those are clearly racing stripes

Webo_
Webo_
4 months ago

/r/RealLifeShinies

B3aRCats3
B3aRCats3
4 months ago

Bet those racing stripes add extra HP

tobidyoufarewell
tobidyoufarewell
4 months ago

Tri poloski

Blacklion594
Blacklion594
4 months ago

damn someones camping the rare cheetah spawn point.

Loggerdon
Loggerdon
4 months ago

Racing stripes.

Bugvo
Bugvo
4 months ago

It looks like those creatures from half life that squirt green acid at you from incredible distances.

Bob_Ross_the_racecar
Bob_Ross_the_racecar
4 months ago

*Hardbass intensifies*

DNayli
DNayli
4 months ago

Do they also squat?

ktcwy
ktcwy
4 months ago

Limited collection Adidas x Puma

Mastagon
Mastagon
4 months ago

This cheetah is looking at you like he’s watching you read this and is worried you’re judging him

california_hey
california_hey
4 months ago

It also has a mullet

Tatfin487
Tatfin487
4 months ago

And, like all cats, they rest their butthole everywhere they sit.

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