Asiatic cheetah on the prowl

Kooshki was handed over as a gift by a hunter to the Environment Protection Organization when he was a cub.

Kooshki, a 7-year-old male Asiatic cheetah that spent some time in captivity in Mian Dasht Wildlife Sanctuary in North Khorasan Province, was transferred to Pardisan Park in Tehran a while ago.

Kooshki was handed over as a gift by a hunter to the Environment Protection Organization when he was a cub. The hunter told officials that he had bought the big cat from three shepherds who were about to kill him.

There are only 70 Asiatic cheetahs, a species in danger of extinction, in the country. Fararu.com has republished the following images of Kooshki originally released by DW.

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