Metro Richmond Zoo’s Kumbali and Kago love playing in the snow (VIDEO).

Watch the Adorable Result of a Dog and Cheetah Seeing Snow for the First Time

Watch the Adorable Result of a Dog and Cheetah Seeing Snow for the First Time

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Feb. 17 2016 11:10 AM

Snow Day

A cheetah and dog pair have their first snowy experience.

Snow-Crazy Buddies
Whoo-hoo!

Metro Richmond Zoo

This video shows what happened when the Metro Richmond Zoo's famous cheetah and dog pair, Kumbali and Kago, experienced snow for the first time. Spoiler: spontaneous joy contained within.

With their zoo closed for winter storm Jonas, zookeepers let the crossspecies buddies loose in a large enclosed area. And they responded with a fit of sheer happiness—there was running, tumbling, and bouncing through seven inches of snow. They were even kind enough to let a human being in on the giddy party.

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The friendship formed because young cheetahs, like Kumbali, tend to be nervous, more into flight than fight. Knowing that other zoos, like the San Diego Zoo, had successfully paired cheetahs and dogs, the keepers found Kumbali a puppy. When Art of Paws and AWOL MUTTS showed the zoo staff a picture and video of the then-10-week-old lab Kago, they knew right away they’d found their man.

Fittingly, and adorably, Kumbali and Kago hit it off immediately. They’ve been inseparable ever since.