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Nov 03, 2009 at 07:35pm IST

World's fastest man Usain Bolt adopts cheetah

Nairobi: The world's fastest man has adopted the animal kingdom's fastest sprinter, as Usain Bolt welcomed a new baby cheetah named "Lightning Bolt" into his life.

The Jamaican sprinter's sponsorship of the three-month-old male cheetah is part of an effort to boost Kenyan conservation efforts of its famous wildlife, whose survival is threatened by trophy hunting, climate change and human encroachment.

The world record-holder in the 100 and 200 meters paid $13,700 to formally adopt the cub on Monday. He will also pay $3,000 a year to care for Lighting Bolt, who will be raised at an animal orphanage in Nairobi.

BOLT FROM THE BLUE: Usain Bolt will pay $13,700 to formally adopt the cub and $3000 towards annual maintenance.

KWS director Julius Kipngetich said the money will go to the Kenya Wildlife Service, and some will be used to protect Kenya's endangered species.

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