Monday 23 October 2017

Quintuplet cheetah cubs doing well at Prague Zoo

Cheetah quintuplets rest at their enclosure with their mother Savannah at the zoo in Prague (Petr David Josek/AP)
Cheetah quintuplets rest at their enclosure with their mother Savannah at the zoo in Prague (Petr David Josek/AP)

Five cheetah cubs that were recently born at Prague Zoo are doing well, officials said.

The quintuplets - three males and two females - have survived the most critical period after their May 15 birth and their mother, six-year-old Savannah, is taking good care of them, the zoo said.

Cheetahs are the fastest animals on land but are also vulnerable to diseases.

Scientists say every cub is critical to saving the species, which is threatened with extinction in the wild.

It was the second birth for Savannah, who gave birth to quadruplets in 2014.

In both cases, five-year-old Ben was the father.

The cubs have not yet been named.

Visitors will have the first chance to see them on August 26.

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