First News: Cheetahs set to return to India

Cheetahs could be returning to India (photo: iStock)
Cheetahs could be returning to India (photo: iStock)

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Cheetahs set to return to India

Eight cheetahs will be zooming around the plains of India next month, 70 years after the big cats became extinct in the country.

The cheetahs will be taken from Namibia in Africa and released in Kuno-Palpur National Park in Madhya Pradesh.

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    Cheetahs could be returning to India (photo: iStock)

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    By Amelie Henderson

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    While my family were on a trip to the New Forest, we spent a great day at Paultons Park.

    I’ve been before, but now I’m older, it was the first time I was brave (and tall!) enough to tryout some of the faster, more exciting rides!

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