The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, in San Diego, California, has had their largest (and floofiest) cheetah litter ever, at six cubs, delivered at their Cheetah Breeding Center in November.
The zoo has shared photos and video of the cheetah cubs spending time with their mother and getting acquainted with their toys and environment.
“This is the first litter we have tried to socialize,” senior zookeeper Jillian King said. “It’s challenging with six; they play off each other and are very active.”
The above-average sized litter is the second for Addison, their eight-and-a-half-year-old mother, who King said has been taking well to motherhood.
“She seems to be quite comfortable with us interacting with the cubs,” she said. “She’s a very calm cheetah by nature, and since this isn’t her first litter, we had a relationship established with her. But we always watch her reaction and base what we do on Addison’s comfort level.”
The cubs will stay in San Diego with their mother for at least a year before some may be sent off to other sites to hopefully breed with other cheetahs.
Thanks to YouTube Channel San Diego Zoo Safari Park for the wonderful video and stills.
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