A camera at the Smithsonian National Zoo caught the incredible moment a resident cheetah, Rosalie, gave birth to five tiny cubs.
Six-year-old Rosalie began giving birth in the early hours of October 12, 2021 and ended up birthing five cubs between 5:20 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. In the video shared by the zoo, you can see Rosalie calmly licking herself as each baby pops out.
The first-time mother does a great job at carefully assessing each cub, licking them, and helping them find a place to drink milk.
By the end of the video, all five cubs are comfortably positioned near a teat and seem healthy and alert. As for Rosalie, she seems calm and collected, having just birthed five babies!
Watch the video below:
As the zoo shared in a press release, they’ll wait until Rosalie is comfortable leaving her cubs before they assess them further. At this time, it’s unknown what the sexes of the cubs are.
They said, “The cubs appear to be strong, active, vocal and eating well.”
The cubs were born as part of the Cheetah Breeding Center Coalition, which aims to create a “sustainable North American cheetah population under human care.” Since SCBI participates in the program, the birth of the babies was carefully planned, with each parent’s temperament, health, and genetic makeup being taken into consideration.
In the press release, Adrienne Crosier, a cheetah reproductive biologist, said, “Seeing Rosalie successfully care for this litter — her first — with confidence is very rewarding. Being able to witness the first moments of a cheetah’s life is incredibly special. As webcam viewers watch our cheetah family grow, play and explore their surroundings, we hope the experience brings them joy and helps them feel a deeper connection to this vulnerable species.”
You can check in on Rosalie and her cubs at any time, via SCBI’s live Cheetah Cub Cam.Whizzco