Who needs a bird man when you have cheetahs!!

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Who needs a bird man when you have cheetahs!!

Post by teacher » Sun Dec 20, 2015 8:31 am

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Re: Who needs a bird man when you have cheetahs!!

Post by bizjets101 » Sun Dec 20, 2015 4:51 pm

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Capt. Jenny Christian, RAF Mildenhall, UK, gets up close and personal with one of the three cheetahs that roam the South African Air Force Base Hoedspruit's flight line. The cheetahs keep the runway free of small mammals that sometimes wander in the way of landing planes. (Photo by Warrant Officer Rory Lawson.)
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Re: Who needs a bird man when you have cheetahs!!

Post by GyvAir » Sun Dec 20, 2015 8:08 pm

That image of the woman photographing the cheetah(s) from what appears to be a few feet away made me think of this current more local, abeit non aviation related, what-were-you-thinking? story:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-c ... -1.3371078
"I saw it had a collar on so I tried to coax it over. There is not really much reason for a cheetah to be in this part of the world unless it is somewhat domesticated or at least in captivity.

"But it won't come anywhere near me. It just kept wandering up the road, so I followed it up the road for a while, snapped a couple more pictures and tried again to coax it over."

Istance thought if she could get the animal in the back of her car, she might be able to help it somehow, but the cheetah obviously felt otherwise.
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Re: Who needs a bird man when you have cheetahs!!

Post by iflyforpie » Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:28 am

I don't know why this is news. Cheetahs have been in the South African Air Force for nearly 30 years... :wink:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlas_Cheetah
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Re: Who needs a bird man when you have cheetahs!!

Post by GyvAir » Mon Dec 21, 2015 11:42 am

The news isn't the cheetahs being on the bases.. the news is that someone got bit by a couple of them!
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Re: Who needs a bird man when you have cheetahs!!

Post by teacher » Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:37 am

They may have been doing it for a while but it's the first I've heard of it!
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