Five Cheetahs Resting in Nursery After Being Born in Rare C-Section at Cincinnati Zoo


Little fighters! Five adorable cheetahs are now recuperating after being born in a rare C-section at the Cincinnati Zoo earlier this month.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, three male and two female cubs were born at the Clermont County zoo on Tuesday, March 8, to a 5-year-old cheetah named Willow. The baby animals will stay in a nursery for the next eight weeks to help boost their immune systems.

The zoo's chief veterinarian, Mark Campbell, opened up about the C-section during an interview, which was posted on the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Facebook page on Friday.

"I've been a part of three C-sections in the 25 years I've been here," he said. "We knew she was due to give birth relatively soon. She developed some issues that we all thought were a bit abnormal, so the decision was made collectively. . . which we all thought would be the best outcome for her and her cubs."

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that only 50 cheetahs have been born at the facility since 2002.

"We had all hands on deck for this," Campbell recalled. "Once those cubs start coming it's boom, boom, boom. . . it was kind of a factory line. It was quick and furious, but everybody did their job. They know what their job is, they do it well, they work well together and we had a good outcome."

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