- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Metro Richmond Zoo says nine cheetah cubs from two litters were born in the past month.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1KyVscP) reports the zoo announced Tuesday the new cubs have brought the total number of cheetahs at the zoo in Chesterfield County to 25.

A female cheetah named Lana gave birth to two males and four females April 29. A zoo spokesman says the large litter is rare.

Khari, a first-time mother, gave birth to two males and two females May 12 but one cub died.

The zoo has not named the cubs yet. The new families are being kept in an enclosure far from public view, but are visible on the zoo’s Cheetah Cam.

Only forty cheetah cubs were born in captivity in the U.S. last year.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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