Ingham’s World: Life in the wild can be nasty, brutish… and very long.
CHEETAHS have become the latest must-have pets for the mindless rich in the Middle East.
There are only about 7,000 cheetahs left in the wild but 300 are smuggled every year out of Africa to the Middle East, says the Cheetah Conservation Fund UK.
Web photos show these big cats being flaunted in collars sitting on Rolls-Royces or reclining on a car’s leather seats.
Yet 60 per cent die in transit and the survivors are likely to die within two years of becoming a pet, says CCF.
The world’s fastest land animal belongs in the wild, not in a collar.