Computer dating works for cheetahs
Computer dating has proved successful for a pair of loved-up cheetahs.
Staff at Colchester Zoo paired up male cheetah Jack with female Uria thanks to software which helps find the best mate.
The programme checks animals' genetic histories to find the best potential combination and now the happy couple have given birth to three healthy cubs.
Sarah Forsyth, curator at Colchester Zoo, said: "This is the pairing's first successful litter of cubs, and we hope that they will continue to breed successfully in the future to help support the captive population of this species."
Born in July, the three cubs are all doing well under the watchful eye of their mother and keepers, and have now been sexed as two females and one male.
Their keepers have been keeping a close eye on the new arrivals with weighing sessions to ensure that the cubs continue to gain weight.
The cubs are unlikely to be seen over the rest of the summer as they will remain within the den while they grow up under the close care of Uria.