AGE: (2018) 8 years
WEIGHT: (2013) 48.5 kg | (2014) 51.6 kg | (2015) 50.6 kg | (2016) 45.7 kg | (2017) 42.2 kg | (2018) 38.7 kg
Spitfire is one of our ex - rehabilitated cheetahs who now reside at the AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre.
Spitfire came to AfriCat when they were three months old. His mother was shot and the young cub was caught by the farmer. He kept him for three weeks wanting to tame them but then heard about AfriCat and contacted us to come and fetch them. Spitfire is the biggest cat at AfriCat. Spitfire and his late brother Sniper were brought back to the AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre after Sniper was badly injured.
2 weeks ago our AfriCat field team alerted our resident veterinarian Dr Diethardt Rodenwoldt to very unusual behavior being expressed by the two males, Sniper and Spitfire. Sniper, a male cheetah who forms part of the infamous 'Aeroplane coalition' started showing worrisome behavior, after continuous monitoring with no change in behaviors, Sniper was brought back to the AfriCat clinic, where thorough examination was done on him. The tentative diagnosis was an infection of liver and the gall bladder. The diagnostic work-up included a physical detailed examination, broad based blood work, urine analysis and ultrasound examination. Sniper showed severe jaundice, had a high white cell count, pointing towards an organ inflammation / infection, and due to that the kidneys started to decrease in their function. Unfortunately, even after all the effort the team put in, a decision had to be made to euthanize Sniper. Spitfire, is currently placed in one of enclosures, close to one of our female Cheetahs (Mundi), who also had to be removed from the ONR to return to our ACCC. We are hoping the two can form some sort of bond through the fence and we eventually put the 2 of them together in one camp, where they can be viewed by our day center guests and our Environmental Education children.