Sometimes life can have rough start. Whether you’re a human or an animal, it isn’t always smooth sailing from the get go.
Three precious, once-premature cheetah cubs at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden have been through a lot together. They survived their mothers arduous C-section, struggled yet made it through a trying growth period (which sadly their two brothers didnt survive) and one wears a feeding tube.
Yet the three remaining cheetah cubs, who have just been given symbolic names, continue on with the sweetest, energetic spirits youll ever witness. Youd never know what they had been through. Thats the beauty of resiliency and survival, but it all wouldnt have been possible without the help from the zoos dedicated vet and staff.
Their names indeed carry a lot of meaning, including: Redd, the only male who wears a red-and-white striped T-shirt-onesie to protect his feeding tube; Cathryn, who is named after Cathryn Hiker, who began the Zoos Cat Ambassador Program; and last but not least, Willow, who is named after their mother.
All three cubs are doing great, according to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. They will be a part of the Cat Ambassador Program, teaching people about the plight of cheetahs in the wild.
“Cheetahs are endangered, and their population worldwide has shrunk from about 100,000 in 1900 to an estimated 9,000 to 12,000 cheetahs today,” the zoo adds. “The Cincinnati Zoo has been dubbed ‘The Cheetah Capital of the World’ because of its conservation efforts through education, public interpretation, and the captive cheetah breeding program. In total, there have been 54 cheetah cubs born at the Zoos Mast Farm since it opened in 2002.”