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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  • nauen
    nauenMonday, April 5, 2021 at 7:08 pm
    SO SO cutteeeeeeeeeeee~~~
    • redpandagamer10
      redpandagamer10Monday, March 8, 2021 at 9:03 am
      they are realy cute
      • gfvdbjzbx
        gfvdbjzbxMonday, February 8, 2021 at 7:33 pm
        omg so cute everyone in my family says I run really fast so I am half a cheetah and these baby ones are so cute and my family also says I run like a road runner so I'm really fast but it was not easy getting fast it took alot of hard work to run really fast and one day I hope I can be as fast as a cheetah and also cheetahs are really cool and all I wish is to be as fast as a cheetah I've beat 4people in a race before and I'm proud of myself for winning and one of them was my cousin.😅😅😅
        • 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.