This Cheetah’s Love For His Human Stepfather Is Heartwarming… Big Cats Are Cats After All.

Sylvester the cheetah lost his mom when a lion killed her and Sylvester’s four siblings. Luckily, the orphaned cub was found and rescued by humans before Sylvester also lost his life in the unforgiving savanna.

Ed Oelofse, from Zimbabwe, then became Sylvester’s trainer and stepfather. Even today, when Sylvester is a full-grown four-year-old cheetah, the love between him and his stepfather is palpable — they don’t seem able to stop touching each other, much like cats do. It is an astonishing story!

1. Four-year-old Sylvester the cheetah has a close bond with his trainer, 31-year-old Ed Oelofse, from Zimbabwe.

This Cheetah's Love For His Human Stepfather Is Heartwarming... Big Cats Are Cats After All.

Source: The Daily Mail.

2. Ed Oelofse and her friend Sylvester the Cheetah.

This Cheetah's Love For His Human Stepfather Is Heartwarming... Big Cats Are Cats After All.

Source: The Daily Mail.

3. The young cheetah was found abandoned in the wild after a lion savagely attacked and killed his mother, and four siblings.

This Cheetah's Love For His Human Stepfather Is Heartwarming... Big Cats Are Cats After All.

Source: The Daily Mail.

4. Mr. Oelofse is a professional animal carer at the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary, Victoria Falls.

This Cheetah's Love For His Human Stepfather Is Heartwarming... Big Cats Are Cats After All.

Source: The Daily Mail.

5. Mr. Oelofse has looked after Sylvester, the sole survivor of the attack on his family, ever since.

This Cheetah's Love For His Human Stepfather Is Heartwarming... Big Cats Are Cats After All.

Source: The Daily Mail.

6. Mr. Oelofse has looked after Sylvester, the sole survivor of the attack on his family, ever since.

This Cheetah's Love For His Human Stepfather Is Heartwarming... Big Cats Are Cats After All.

Source: The Daily Mail.

7. Ed Oelofse and his pal Sylvester the Cheetah.

This Cheetah's Love For His Human Stepfather Is Heartwarming... Big Cats Are Cats After All.

Source: The Daily Mail.

8. Sylvester the Cheetah.

This Cheetah's Love For His Human Stepfather Is Heartwarming... Big Cats Are Cats After All.

Source: The Daily Mail.

9. Sylvester the cheetah knows not to bite the hand that feeds him.

This Cheetah's Love For His Human Stepfather Is Heartwarming... Big Cats Are Cats After All.

Source: The Daily Mail.

10. Mr. Oelofse managed to train Sylvester to be so tame she can sit next to the wild animal, without fearing for his life.

This Cheetah's Love For His Human Stepfather Is Heartwarming... Big Cats Are Cats After All.

Source: The Daily Mail.

11. Mr. Oelofse said: ‘Sylvester is incredible. I am just so pleased that we were able to rescue him’.

This Cheetah's Love For His Human Stepfather Is Heartwarming... Big Cats Are Cats After All.

Source: The Daily Mail.

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