Half of its chases do not result in dining al fresco. When it does catch an animal, it must eat quickly because larger cats (and somewhat lazier ones) will appear and steal its prize. Because of the wide use of pesticides in the cheetah’s habitat, the cat ends up consuming prey that had eaten toxic laden grass and grain. This has caused the thinning of skulls in cheetahs, which can shatter easily.
The cheetah population is rapidly vanishing due to the pesticides, poaching, and vanishing habitats. There are wildlife sanctuaries that are conducting selective breeding programs in an attempt to strengthen the bone density in the species.
What can we learn from a cheetah? You have to be ready to chase down an opportunity. You can never give up because you never know if your next venture could result in success. Even when the cheetah successfully brings down an antelope, it doesn’t waste time bragging about it. It eats and is gone. It is wonderful to be victorious, but beware there are those who will react negatively to your triumphs.
The spotted coat camouflages the cat as it hides in the sun dappled tall grasses. While the cheetah in an all-out pursuit is a glorious sight, to get to that place it must hide and wait. We all have dreams and desires, but achieving them doesn’t happen overnight. Too often people give up when what they want doesn’t happen immediately. Hold onto the cheetah’s strength of purpose while being aware of all around you. Opportunities don’t always show up when or how you thought they would.
The cheetah is solitary like the tiger. The appearance of a cheetah in your life could represent the need to spend more time alone. Socializing and hanging out with friends can be a way not to pursue your ambitions. Goals aren’t reached just because we want them to happen. There has to be effort and persistence. Decisions have to be made quickly. The best way to facilitate this is to have already visualized possible scenarios in your meditative time.
Cheetahs appeared in early Egyptian art. They were revered for their strength and beauty. They were also considered to be the most empathetic of animals. In their hunting, this skill served them because they could determine which animal was most vulnerable. You can use this ability to be aware of those around you who need an encouraging word or a healing touch.
The sad story of cheetah and the pesticide reminds us that we all play a significant part in caring for our planet. The cheetah never gave up running due to its thinning skull. Neither should we give up on pursuing our dreams for what we might perceive as handicaps.
Finally, if you dream of a cheetah, it can be a reminder to get back into the game and run your dreams down.