Fighting cancer is one of the most daunting challenges a person can face, both physically and mentally. Love and support from family and friends is always important. Even pets can be of great help in the fight, especially if your pet happens to be a cheetah that you’ve hand raised since birth.

South African Riana Van Nieuwenhuizen has always loved cheetahs since she was a little girl, but it was one cheetah in particular that helped her during her struggle with breast cancer. She bought Fiela the cheetah back in 2006, and the two have been almost inseparable ever since. They eat together and even cuddle in bed together.