Cheetah gave birth to a record-setting number of cubs and the world is in "aww." I mean, who isn't fascinated with Cheetahs, the fastest land animal in the world. You definitely don't want to get yourself into a situation where you may have to outrun a cheetah, chances are slim to none that you will. Despite the fact that I would never want to get caught in a face-off with a cheetah I still think they are some of the most fascinating animals I have ever seen.
Well, something exciting happened in the life of a mama cheetah when she recently gave birth to eight babies cheetah. These beautiful babies just joined the St. Louis Zoo. Their mom is four-year-old Bingwa and she is loving every member of her record-breaking litter. Most cheetahs have three to four cubs at a time and that is why this litter is remarkable.
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which has documented 430 cheetah litters, says to date this is the largest litter that a cheetah has produced and raised on her own in captivity. Bingwa is proving that she is a natural mother and surprising all with her ability to be flexible in caring for all eight of her cubs.
“She has quickly become adept at caring for her very large litter of cubs — grooming, nursing and caring for them attentively,” says Steve Bircher, curator of mammals/carnivores at the Saint Louis Zoo, in a statement to the media.
“We’ve brought together cheetahs from great distances to continue this important breeding program,” Bircher says in the press release. “These handsome cats add genetic diversity to the North American Cheetah SSP population.” The Zoo officials say that mom and babies are all healthy, happy and thriving. Check out the video, below, and see for yourself how adorable these eight little things are!
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