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A female cheetah cub is being hand raised at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park. The Cheetah is one of three cat species with semi-retractable claws. Designed to aide them in high speed pursuits, the claws are always visible.





The unnamed cub was born as a single cub to first-time mother Kenya. Because singletons are often rejected and Kenya does not have previous experience, animal keepers stepped in to assist. The cub was born Feb. 18, 2009 and can be seen at the Wild Animal Park's Animal Care Center.