Nervous cheetahs get a helping paw from companion dogs

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In this Nov. 29, 2012 photo, Keeper Shannon Smith gets a lick from Shiley, a 3-and-half-year-old male cheetah, during a animal ambassador walk through at Safari Park, in Escondido, Calif. Cheetahs might be the fastest mammals in the world, but they are also the world's biggest scaredy-cats. The tightly wound, timid, flight-minded, anti-social creatures don't breed easily and are in danger of going extinct in the wild and in captivity. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)