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Bizzy Buddies - Lauri Day
Bizzy Buddies

Chas is the only (and lonely) cheetah at the city zoo. Although he has lots of animal friends, Chas misses his family, especially his mother. Early one morning he escapes from the zoo, and gets lost wandering around the city. He finds a stuffed cheetah toy that a child had dropped, and believes he has found "his brother".

Meanwhile, Chas manages to dodge the zookeeper who is looking for him. While hiding in the park he thinks he's found his mother when he sees a lady wearing a cheetah print coat, and he follows her home. She helps him hide from the zookeeper in her luxury penthouse apartment. Chas is pampered with three gourmet meals a day, and his new human "mom" takes him to special events such as the theatre, operas and fancy dinner parties. Despite the fun (and food) Chas realizes that the only place where he really belongs, is back home in Africa, with all of his cheetah relatives. But going back home means having to say goodbye to things… and people he loves.