One Cute Thing: The National Zoo’s Baby Cheetah Cam

The Washington National Zoo welcomed four cheetah cubs on Thursday all visible by the Zoo’s webcams — even their births — just click here to watch that.  The five-year-old Mom, Echo, is fine, as are the cubs — you can see them live here 24/7 on the Zoo’s Cheetah Cam.  This is the fourteenth litter of cheetah cubs delivered at the Zoo since 2007 — they are part of a captive breeding program – cheetahs are “vulnerable” according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – less than 7000 remain in the wild.  The Zoo’s cheetah biologist Adrienne Crosier said on the Cubdate website, “As a keeper, I look for mom being attentive. If the cubs vocalize (make a chirping noise) we want to see her attend to them, because it usually means they may need to eat, urinate/defecate, get warm, or just need some mom cuddle time. We also want to see her groom them regularly and she has.”  Listen closely and you can hear them peep!  So cute!

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