Dog lovers are always talking about their pets’ excitement when they are reunited after a gap, short or long. It is something of a bone of contention them and cat-lovers.

A cheetah from South Africa may have just put an end to the argument. Gabriel the cheetah, from the Cheetah Experience Breeding Centre in Bloemfontein, was so excited to meet his human friend after two years that he smothered him in kisses and hugs, as you can see in the video above.

Dolph C Volker has been a volunteer at the animal sanctuary on and off for over four years. In his time at the sanctuary, he has spent only a little time with the animals, especially the cheetahs, at the breeding centre. However, the relationship he shared with Gabriel was special.

So, when they met, Gabriel was ecstatic. And Dolph even managed to hand-feed the cheetah and spend a night out in the open with him.