AGE: (2021) 11 years
WEIGHT: 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. After Sniper’s death we initially tried to bond Spitfire with Mundi and Charley and Chaplin. But because Spitfire showed quite some aggressive behavior towards the three females and we were worried that he could inflict some serious injuries, we separated him from the group and he is now placed in a single camp at the AfriCat Carnivore Care Center.