A RARE Northern Cheetah has been born in captivity for the first time in Ireland.
The five-week-old male is smaller than the cheetah toy he snuggles in his temporary incubation house at Fota Wildlife Park in Cork.
The cub is the 179th cheetah born at the east Cork animal park since 1984.
Within a couple of months, he will be big enough to venture out in his own enclosure after being hand-raised by the park's head warden Willie Duffy, since the cub was just two days old. The cuddly cub has already won the hearts of the park staff since he was born on September 20, according to director Sean McKeown.
The public is being asked to name the cub, and whoever chooses the winning name will be in with a chance of a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility, as part of its new Wild Experiences attraction.
People can take part by logging on the Fota Wildlife Park's Facebook or Twitter page on #FOTACHEETAHCUB.