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In this Nov. 29, 2012 photo, Shiley, a male cheetah 3-and-a-half-years-old, and Yeti, a female Anatolian shepherd who serves as Shiley's partner, take a break outside the elephant enclosure during a walk through Safari Park, in Escondido, Calif. Although the dogs and cats live together, they are not always with one another. Dogs have play dates with other dogs and humans, and they eat separately from the cheetahs. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) Copyright 2012, The Associated Press

Dogs cross species barrier, help cheetahs survive

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — It may sound like a West Side Story-style love story, but some dogs love big cats.

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Cheetahs are the fastest mammals in the world, but they also are the world's biggest scaredy-cats — so much so that they don't breed easily and are in danger of going extinct.

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