New Cheetah Cubs Thrive at National Zoo

Three weeks after their eventful birth, the National Zoo's two new cheetah cubs are peppy, energetic, and super cute.

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Janice Sveda/Smithsonian National Zoo
Three weeks after their birth, two cheetah cubs are now thriving at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.
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Janice Sveda/Smithsonian National Zoo
The birthing process was difficult. The first cub, born on April 23, was abandoned by his mother after birth and had to be treated for hypothermia.
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Janice Sveda/Smithsonian National Zoo
The second cub was delivered hours later by Cesarean section, and required three hours of CPR and medication to be revived.
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Janice Sveda/Smithsonian National Zoo
But today, the mother and both of her cubs, a male and a female, are in good health.
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Janice Sveda/Smithsonian National Zoo
The two cubs are being closely monitored and will require around-the-clock attention from the Zoo's renowned staff.
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Janice Sveda/Smithsonian National Zoo
Animal care staff is hand-raising both cubs, which requires bottle feeding every few hours.
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Janice Sveda/Smithsonian National Zoo
Cheetahs, the fastest animals on land, are struggling to outpace threats to their survival. There are only an estimated 7,500 to 10,000 cheetahs left in the wild.
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Janice Sveda/Smithsonian National Zoo
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is one of five centers participating in research to boost the captive cheetah population.
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Janice Sveda/Smithsonian National Zoo
It's been a difficult journey for the two cubs, but they both still seem frisky and playful.
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Janice Sveda/Smithsonian National Zoo
Area residents can look forward to seeing them up close when they make their public debut this summer.
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