Video Of The Week - Cincinnati Zoo Debuts Adorable Newborn Cheetahs

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Newborn cheetahs at Cincinnati Zoo (Photo Credit: Cincinnati Zoo)

On March 18, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in Ohio released the first pictures and video of its newest residents - Five adorable cheetah cubs. The cute newborns that include three males, and two females had to be born via a rare C-section surgery on March 8, due to some medical complications with their mother, five-year-old resident cheetah, Willow.

To give the mother a chance to recuperate from the delicate surgery, zoo medics are hand-rearing the premature cubs inside a special nursery. This is a difficult task given that the kittens have no active immunity. That's because cheetahs receive all their immunity in a passive manner through their mother's milk, which is currently unavailable. Hence, exposure to any germs can lead to a fatal infection. According to the zoo officials, while the young cheetahs have survived the crucial first week, it will take a full month for them to be completely out of danger.

Photo Credit: Cincinnati Zoo

With just 9,000 to 12,000 cheetahs left in the wild, the majestic cats are high on the endangered species list. To try to increase their numbers, the US-based Cheetah Species Survival Plan (SSP) has partnered with zoos across the country to create a cheetah breeding program. Not surprisingly, the Cincinnati Zoo is the leader. Its successful breeding program has resulted in 73 cheetah cubs — And those numbers do not include the five newborns! We sure hope all of them make it through the first 30 days.

Resources: Cincinattizoo.org, abcnew.go.com

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  • lunabunny
    lunabunnyFriday, November 27, 2020 at 6:45 am
    OMG so cute!!!!!
    • fox1568
      fox1568Monday, September 21, 2020 at 11:21 am
      i like Cheetahs
      • griffendor9
        griffendor9Friday, March 27, 2020 at 7:26 pm
        So cute!!!
        • griffendor9
          griffendor9Friday, March 27, 2020 at 7:15 pm
          OMG!!! SO CUTE!!!
          • shadowthewolf_1
            shadowthewolf_1Friday, February 7, 2020 at 10:18 am
            So cute!
            • sophiab1472
              sophiab1472Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 8:00 am
              Awww 🐆
              • cherry_blossom
                cherry_blossomTuesday, January 7, 2020 at 4:37 pm
                That is one of the most adorable things I've ever seen.
                • lpscollie01
                  lpscollie01Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 6:59 pm
                  AWWW THAT'S SO CUTE!!!!!!!
                  • JanyriahMonday, October 14, 2019 at 7:03 am
                    They are so cutee
                    • WolfyFriday, October 11, 2019 at 8:43 am
                      I just want to go to cincinnati tos see them