Hamerton Zoo's cheetah, Akea, became world-famous last week after The Hunts Post reported on his escape and encounter with a nine-year-old boy. This week, reporter NATALIE BOWYER went to find out if Akea is as tame as his keepers had claimed. I HAVE been asked to do some daunting tasks as a reporter, from aerobatics flying to police riot training, but going face-to-face with a cheetah is another level entirely. And I was really unsure about how to prepare. I suppose leaving my jacket overnight in a kitchen that had been used to cook a roast beef dinner was probably not the best start. But Monday was too cold to visit Hamerton Zoo, near Sawtry, without a jacket and as I entered the cheetah enclosure I crossed my fingers, hoping Akea had already eaten.