HOUSTON (December 17, 2012)--Two cheetahs from the Houston Zoo that are usually confined to cages have been allowed to run through part of a horse track when the regular racers weren't around.
The 5-year-old male siblings name Kito and Kiburi were allowed to roam this month at a grassy fenced part of Sam Houston Race Park in Houston.
The Houston Chronicle reported that zoo officials, starting in August, took the big cats to the park twice on leashes.
Curator Beth Schaefer says the cheetahs were calm and with their regular trainers.
In early November the cheetahs were allowed off their leashes at the race park, with no problems.
The second off-leash excursion was on Dec. 11, but it will be the last for a while because the horses return to Sam Houston Race Park next week.