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Usain Bolt adopted a 3-month-old cheetah and NYC'S # 1 Caribbean radio personality Dahved Levy plays with two of them.( PICS )

Usain Bolt adopted the 3-month-old cheetah after it was abandoned by its mother in a Kenyan game park.
NAIROBI, Kenya -- The world's fastest man adopted the animal kingdom's fastest sprinter Monday, as Usain Bolt welcomed a new baby cheetah named Lightning Bolt into his life. Usain Bolt adopted the 3-month-old cheetah after it was abandoned by its mother in a Kenyan game park.

The Jamaican sprinter's sponsorship of the 3-month-old male cheetah is part of an effort to boost Kenyan conservation efforts of its famous wildlife, whose survival is threatened by trophy hunting, climate change and human encroachment.

The world record-holder in the 100 and 200 meters paid $13,700 to formally adopt the cub. He will also pay $3,000 a year to care for Lightning Bolt, who will be raised at an animal orphanage in Nairobi.

The money will go to the Kenya Wildlife Service, and some will be used to protect Kenya's endangered species, KWS director Julius Kipngetich said.

Bolt was joined on the trip by Colin Jackson, a former 110-meter hurdles Olympic champion, and Jochen Zeitz, the chief executive of athletic gear manufacturer Puma. Zietz made the visit to launch his charity's campaign to preserve ecosystems. Also popular NYC radio personality Dahved Levy host of his #1 Caribbean Fever radio show on 107.5 WBLS happened to be in Africa hugging and patting the cheetahs on the head.


Jackson adopted a 2-year-old eland, the largest of the antelope species.

Bolt, who was on a four-day visit to Kenya, said Friday he was looking forward to seeing Kenya's diverse wildlife but was scared of meeting lions.

He nearly ran away when asked Monday to pet a fully grown cheetah named Sharon for a photo shoot with Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Bolt had Zeitz stand in for him, until he saw that Sharon seemed harmless.

The world record-holder appeared more comfortable later while handling his baby cheetah, which was the size of a fully grown domestic cat. He cradled the fuzzy-headed cub while feeding it bottled milk as cameramen snapped away.

When asked if he was afraid of cheetahs, Bolt said: "Yes, I was, but not anymore."

Lightning Bolt is among three cubs rescued by KWS officials after their mother abandoned them in a game park.

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Comment by Annie Berry on November 15, 2013 at 2:46am
Wow!
they are brave...
Comment by Sabir on November 5, 2013 at 8:18pm

Not only is it his pet, it's his sprint-training partner.

Comment by King Simon on September 22, 2013 at 10:40am

Dahved is a Leo... So, if he respects them.. They will respect him...

Comment by 421Productions on September 19, 2013 at 12:21pm

he need to keep them well fed cause when they get hungry he sho-nuff cant run faster then a Gazelle.

 

Comment by KL Rey on August 26, 2013 at 6:56pm

I like the idea and I hope that Usain is also helping out his (and also my) depraved country. Jamaica is suffering bad bad..

Comment by Donna Collins on July 29, 2013 at 4:30am

Awww how cute

Comment by Jack Watking on July 24, 2013 at 12:44pm

Don't get it twisted Choclitt, Dahved don't like women. It's a front him putting on when he's on the radio. I know his ex wife.

Comment by choclitt on July 15, 2013 at 7:47pm

Wish Dahved could pet me like that!  LOL !

Comment by Rusty Hornz on July 2, 2013 at 1:29pm

Awesome.

 

Comment by Percy Pie on May 17, 2013 at 3:17pm

Wicked, but not me!

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