Five baby cheetahs were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va. On Tuesday morning.
The cubs were delivered between 5:20 a.m. and 11:16 a.m. by Rosalie, a 5-year-old cheetah from SCBI, and sired by the first cheetah born to SCBI, Nick, 10 years old.
The public can catch a glimpse of the new cheetah family through SCBI Webcam Livestream.
“Seeing Rosalie successfully care for this litter – her first – with confidence is very gratifying,” said Adrienne Crosier, cheetah breeding biologist at SCBI and head of the Association of Cheetah Species Survival Plan. zoos and aquariums. Press release. âBeing able to witness the first moments of a cheetah’s life is incredibly special. As webcam viewers watch our cheetah family grow, play and explore their surroundings, we hope the experience will bring them joy and help them feel a deeper connection to this vulnerable species. “
SCBI keepers cannot perform welfare checks on the cubs until Rosalie leaves them for “an extended period”, but they are monitored via the live feed and “appear to be loud, active, vocal. and eat well “.
SCBI is one of only 10 cheetah breeding facilities in the United States. Cheetahs are considered a species vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and it is estimated that there are around 7,000 cheetahs that live in the wild.
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