Cheetah cubs begin their outdoor adventures
Tuesday 28 August 2012
Public debut for sextuplets!
There is one proud mother at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – following the birth of cheetah sextuplets!
The litter of Northern cheetah cubs spent their first weeks tucked up behind the scenes with mum Dubai before making their public debut in the Zoo’s Cheetah Rock enclosure.
At 12-weeks-old the playful youngsters are just beginning to develop their own personalities, with keepers spotting them climbing on rocks and chasing each other in the summer sunshine, becoming more adventurous by the day.
Senior keeper Marie Brown said: “All six are extremely playful but mum’s very patient with them all and is doing a great job of bringing them up."
The cubs are the second litter of Northern cheetah to be born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – and provide a valuable rearing experience for Dubai of this endangered species.
The sextuplets birth comes two years after Dubai gave birth to her first cubs, which were the first litter of Northern cheetah cubs ever born in the UK.