The Orphaned Cheetah Story
A human becomes the caretaker of 2 male orphaned cheetah cubs. The raising of the cheetahs in a controlled environment goes well. They are released in the wild after a year old although they are closely monitored by the caretakers. The inexperienced brothers would unwisely try to take on zebras that are much bigger than they in their youthful zealousness. The brothers kept close ties. One of the cheetahs was killed by a lion while the other escaped. The surviving cheetah use to depend on its brother for support and joint hunts. The cheetah was now alone except for the human assistance. The cheetah then was attacked and severely injured. It was almost killed by competing male cheetahs. The tracking collar prevented a more severe injury, as did the timely human intervention. The human caretakers rehabilitated the cheetah back to health. They sedated the animal and air transported it to an enclosed reserve to further rehab. The cheetah successfully hunted on its own once again. Although it had 4000 acres to roam it constantly skirted the fence which divided it from a larger reserve possibly picking up the scent of a female cheetah that lived with her 2 cubs on the other side. One time as the cheetah was audibly threatening some apes on the other side of the fence; an ape scaled the fence and chased the cheetah. Once the ape proved its point it quickly jumped back.
A female cheetah appeared on the scene; seemingly a good mate for the orphaned male. The female had rabbis and died shortly after attacking the human caretakers. The time came to release the cheetah into the larger reserve which had more potential danger, but also more hopeful to find a mate. It was found to be anxious at times as it crossed open fields probably due to competing male cheetahs. A few days after, the cheetah walked out of the reserve thru a migration passage and into a farming area. The human caretaker feared the orphan dead as the signal of its collar was not moving. It was found alive and well. The story does not end here, though it does pause for now.
In some ways I feel like this cheetah.