Makes sense too; accounts from people who work with them say they have almost none of the "wilderness" that makes something like a tiger impossible to domesticate and are essentially really big and fast house cats.
Having friends with house cats, and seeing what a regular sized house cat can do to a person, a really big and fast house cat sounds scary!
I got to pet one of their cheetahs once. It packs a rather impressive purr.
An example of it being done in ancient Rome even.
>In what might be the world’s oldest recorded awkward situation, the Roman orator Marcus Tullius Cicero spent much of his term as Cilicia’s governor trying to ignore a very specific request from his former legal client Marcus Caelius Rufus. In several letters sent over the better part of a year, Caelius repeatedly begged Cicero to capture and send him a group of local leopards. He needed the animals, he explained, because he was trying to launch his political career—and nothing won over voters’ hearts better than live exotic animal hunts in the arena.