An abandoned cheetah cub has stolen the heart of the world’s fastest man. Lightening Bolt is one of three cheetah cubs abandoned by their mother on a Kenya wildlife refuge. Usain Bolt played pappa to a fuzzy headed young male cub at an animal orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. Cheetahs are the fastest land animal and are endangered around the world.
Getting involved to protect wildlife
Usain Bolt adopted this cub by paying $13,700 and promising to continue sending $3,000 a year to support Lightening Bolt.
Bolt and Colin Jackson, the former 110-meter hurdles Olympic champion both adopted animals during their visit. Colin adopted a two-year-old eland, the largest of the antelope species.
The adoption fees will go to the Kenya Wildlife Service, and some will be used to protect Kenya’s endangered species, explained KWS director Julius Kipngetich.
Mr Zeitz, the chief executive of Puma, who was launching a charity campaign to preserve ecosystems.
Lighting Bolt is among three cubs rescued by KWS officials after their mother abandoned them in a game park. Kenyan wildlife is threatened by trophy hunting, poaching, climate change and decreasing habitat.
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