World’s Fastest Man Adopts World’s Fastest Cat

Posted By Ben Goulding, 3 November, 2009 | permalink

Usain Bolt CheetahThe fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, who holds the 100m and 200m sprint world records, has adopted a baby cheetah named Lightning Bolt.

Bolt won’t keep the cheetah as a regular pet though, he’s paid $13,700 to formally adopt the cub, and $3,000 a year for Lighting Bolt to be cared for and raised at an animal orphanage in Nairobi.

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.”

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


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Extreme John November 4, 2009

I would love to adopt a white Bengal tiger, this is nice though to see him doing that for the Cheetah.

Asswass November 5, 2009

Me too man. White Bengal Tigers are awesome. I would also like a Polar Bear lol.

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