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Round 2, Why You Should Always Carry Your Camera in Doha

“HOLY COW!” I shouted at AdventureMan, as I am already digging for my camera. He hates it when I do that, he things maybe I have spotted some danger or something and it gets his adrenaline going. I couldn’t help it. I was shocked, and I said “There’s a CHEETAH in that car!”

We love cheetah. Anyone who has ever seen a cheetah in the wild knows the awesome measure of God’s creativity and wonder. The cheetah is a speed machine, a glorious hunter, born to run. The cheetah is a glorious creation.

AdventureMan didn’t believe me, not for two or three full seconds and then – he saw it, too:

The man with the very young cheetah on a leash under very loose control was having a ball. The cheetah looked very happy to be out in the car with him, even on a leash.

It is a shame, and it should be a crime.

A cheetah, even when snatched away from his mother early in life, is not a toy, not an accessory. A cheetah can eat your innocent babies. A cheetah can bite you or scratch you badly, and think it is just playing. Taking a cheetah out of the wild is probably not a really good thing for the cheetah. How long with this man find him novel and fun and pay attention to him? And then what?

This is what a cheetah is meant to do, and this is how a cheetah is meant to live:

My friends, if you love wildlife, no matter how rich you are, leave the wildlife in the wild. Please.


December 5, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, Africa, Beauty, Civility, Cross Cultural, Doha, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Law and Order, Living Conditions, Qatar, Social Issues, Values |


  1. I imagine it IS illegal, but that doesn’t always deter people. Amazing video…the cheetah is truly a running machine, isn’t it? And yet it begrudgingly gives way to the hyenas, after it has done the work.

    Comment by grammy | December 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. I don’t know, Grammy. In my neighborhood, when I lived in Kuwait, a LION escaped. It took the (frightened and disorganized) police a long time to find him. I kept thinking, if I were a lion, I would look for a nice, quiet, cool underground parking garage, and I was terrified every time I went to my car, LLOOLLL! It takes a while to get around to making things illegal; it might not be illegal in Qatar yet.

    The hyena thing caught my attention, too. Those hyenas looked well fed, and there were a lot of them. If it were just one or two, the cheetah might have argued the point, but a bunch of well fed, iron jawed hyenas can cause serious damage to any animal.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 5, 2009 | Reply

  3. LOL!!! Thats unbelievable!

    Comment by Ansam | December 6, 2009 | Reply

  4. My oldest daughter goes to ASD, and she’s constantly coming home and telling us what the ambassador’s son (not sure which ambassador) has at his disposal…Apparently, he has his own tiger! She is not impressed 🙂

    Comment by AcadeMama | December 6, 2009 | Reply

  5. Puts a whole new spin to urbanised wildlife and I can tell you how much more wildlife there is in our cities and towns today than there ever was in the plains of Serengeti and Ngorongoro.

    Comment by Is that you, BL ? | December 6, 2009 | Reply

  6. Cheetahs are amazing. I like to watch their tails as they maneuver. It appears like they use it as a counter balance to make the turns. Anyone know if that is true? Smart hyenas–let the big cat do all the work!!LOL

    Comment by momcat | December 6, 2009 | Reply

  7. Accident waiting to happen…

    Comment by Bu Yousef | December 6, 2009 | Reply

  8. Ansam, it is a shock when you are driving along and you see that!

    AcadeMama – the kids going to the top international schools learn things we cannot begin to imagine – from their classmates! I imagine she will never forget her time at ASD!

    LOL, good morning, BL! I’m guessing you’re talking about a whole ‘nother kid of wildlife!

    Momcat, I think all cats use their tails as counterbalance, don’t they?

    Bu Yousef – I just feel so sorry for that cat, used as an accessory, not free, so out of his element. And he is only going to get bigger, stronger . . . then what?

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 7, 2009 | Reply

  9. you own a cat.. a cheetah is a cat…
    there is a line i agree…. but…

    Comment by mentabolism | December 7, 2009 | Reply

  10. Interesting point, Mentbolism. The Qatteri Cat is the first cat I have owned – of many – who is strictly an indoor cat. All my other cats have been roamers. Several died after being hit by cars . . . there were trips to the vet for scratches and abcesses due to territorial disputes. . . QC is safer, but his life is far more boring because he can’t do the thing cats are born to do – hunt, track, kill . . .

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 7, 2009 | Reply

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  12. Just curious, but what does the logo on the side of his vehicle say? I don’t know the language and I’m curious if he’s a professional animal handler or something.

    Comment by Summer | December 13, 2009 | Reply

  13. I can’t read it, Summer, it looks like it is written in reverse. You see that on some cars here, I think it’s sort of tongue-in-cheek. Like you will see “Pajero” written from right to left, roman letters, written as if it were Arabic.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 13, 2009 | Reply

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  15. The sticker is on the windshield of the car taking the picture. That was a tough one to spot. lol

    Comment by john | October 28, 2010 | Reply

  16. No, John, the sticker we were talking about is on the door. You can see it in the top photo. It appears reversed.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 28, 2010 | Reply

  17. How did the lions, tigers and cheetas get here in the first place? They would have to of gone thru customs, correct?

    Comment by barefootinthesun66 | November 4, 2012 | Reply

  18. Ummm . . . maybe. Maybe someone brings it in as a baby, in a bag. Maybe someone bribes customs. Maybe someone is from a family no-one would question . . . things work differently, laws are less equally enforced . . . or maybe there is no law against it.

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 4, 2012 | Reply

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