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Cheetah Cubs Unveiled at National Zoo

Adorable new cheetah cubs make their debut at the National Zoo.

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Two cheetah cubs that had a rocky entrance into the world are making their public debut at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
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The two cubs have been hand raised after a risky cesarean section saved their -- and their mother's -- lives, but left them in intensive care for days following the procedure.
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The zoo plans to name the cubs after the fastest American male and female athletes in the 100-meter dash of this summer's London Olympics.
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Their difficult entry to the world began after the first cub, a boy, was born. Zoo vets became concerned when the cheetah mom rejected him. They discovered she was still carrying more cubs, and performed a "rare and risky" emergency cesarean section to save the rest. Another cub, this one female, was born alive, but two others died.
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The cubs are adjusting well to their new outdoor enclosure at the zoo. They are fascinated by everything, keepers say.
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The female cub prefers to wait and see what her brother is up to, preferring to follow him rather than strike out on her own.
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