Cheetah urine may help save the species

The song at the beginning of this cheetah video shows what it would sound like if Barry White got involved in saving wildlife. Here’s a cool video from VICE about breeding cheetahs (Acinonyx jubata), and I hope they’re breeding them for release. I still get queasy about saving a species by keeping it permanently in captivity—especially a species in which individuals are evolved to lope and run.

What they do here is determine which male a female likes by exposing her to urine samples from diverse males. That will facilitate pairings that produce cubs.  Note that they collect the urine by putting a cologne—Calvin Klein’s “Obsession” (LOL)—on a urine-catching receptacle. Also note the female’s flehmen response, which you may have seen in your own cat.

The YouTube video:

The global cheetah population has plummeted over the last century. While zoo programs have made captive breeding a focus of their conservation efforts for endangered species, successful mating is a tricky dance. But inventive research has found that it may only take a few sterile gauzes soaked in urine to find that special someone to share the dance floor with.

h/t: Amy

22 Comments

  1. JezGrove
    Posted February 15, 2019 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    They should have tried this with tigers in the UK: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-47170454 Very sadly, that was only the first of two deaths of rare tigers in captivity in the UK in the space of a week: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47230677

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted February 15, 2019 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Very interesting. Also tells us it is not a good idea to wear this perfume if you are out in field looking for cheetahs.

    • Anonymous
      Posted February 15, 2019 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

      Well, you’d 5 find them very quickly – or rather, they’d find you!

    • JezGrove
      Posted February 15, 2019 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

      Well, you’d find them very quickly – or rather, they’d find you….

  3. merilee
    Posted February 15, 2019 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    🐾🐾

  4. merilee
    Posted February 15, 2019 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Sub not working?

    • Anonymous
      Posted February 15, 2019 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

      Seem to be some problems – I’m not sure how my dodgy ‘Anonymous’ post (above) got there.

      • merilee
        Posted February 15, 2019 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

        Now comments ARE coming through, but I never actually got the “subscribe” page??

  5. JezGrove
    Posted February 15, 2019 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Looks like something’s not working – not sure how my ‘Anonymous’ comment (above) got through.

  6. Flamadiddle
    Posted February 15, 2019 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    “Let’s go see if we can get some urine.”

    I’m gonna have that translated to the Latin and use it as a family motto.

    • Posted February 16, 2019 at 3:22 am | Permalink

      I find the phrase ominous. A doctor may say (or think) it when he doubts that a patient’s kidneys are functioning.

    • ladyatheist
      Posted February 16, 2019 at 7:34 am | Permalink

      invenimus defricatus urina

      • Anonymous
        Posted February 16, 2019 at 8:05 am | Permalink

        Thank you! Now to design a coat of arms…

        • Posted February 16, 2019 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

          Gules, a chevron argent between three chamberpots.

      • Anonymous
        Posted February 16, 2019 at 11:30 am | Permalink

        Thank you! Now to design the coat of arms…

  7. merilee
    Posted February 15, 2019 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Trying to sub again

  8. rickflick
    Posted February 15, 2019 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Let’s hope the cheetahs can get it on.

  9. Ullrich Fischer
    Posted February 16, 2019 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    URine luck! We have a match! p-Harmony to the rescue! 🙂

    • ladyatheist
      Posted February 16, 2019 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

      hahaha!!!!

  10. Posted February 18, 2019 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    I am not sure that cheetahs have ever been successfully re-introduced in the wild from captive bred animals – ? It seems it is very difficult to teach hunting without the exposure to it the mother gives in the wild…


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