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D.C. National Zoo Celebrates International Cheetah Day

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(Photo Credit: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)

(Photo Credit: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is celebrating International Cheetah Day with lots of spots.

The zoo is featuring 10 genetically valuable cheetah cubs from two litters, which were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in November.

The cub’s mother Miti gave birth to a litter of seven cubs on Nov. 12. Six of her cubs survived, five females and one male.

Another female cheetah, Ally gave birth to a litter of four cubs on Nov. 26.

Animal care staff at the zoo have not completely examined all of Ally’s cubs, but both litters are reportedly doing well.

Staff members are monitoring the cheetah mothers while they bond with their cubs via closed-circuit webcams in their enclosures.

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