A Cheetah cub born October 17 at Australia’s Taronga Zoo is being hand-raised after she was rejected by her mother.
The female cub was one of two born to first-time mother Kyan. Sadly, the other cub was stillborn.
Because singleton cubs are often rejected by their mothers, keepers monitored the mother and cub closely. When they noticed Kyan’s attention to the cub decreasing, especially when feeding, the staff decided to intervene to give the cub the best chance of survival.
The little Cheetah is now receiving round-the-clock care, with a team of keepers staying overnight and feeding her five times a day.
So far, the cub is developing well, growing in strength, and starting to chase balls and stalk play toys. She weighed just under four pounds at her most recent health check, a promising result for the team who is helping to raise the cub.
Though Cheetahs are the world’s fastest land animals, they cannot escape the effects of human encroachment on their wild habitats. With only 10,000 remaining in the wilds of southern Africa, Cheetahs are listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.