cheetahs raised in the breeding programs are comfortable enough around humans to be released onto military air bases so they can hunt (and chase away) large concentrations of birds or small animals who are, if left alone, are a major threat to aircraft landing or taking off. Young male cheetahs are used, because in the wild they will hunt together while the females are generally solitary.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
(big) Cat item of the day
According to StrategyPage, the South African AirForce is using cheetahs to lower the incidence of bird strikes on their airplanes.