Shepherds Rest Farm

Breeding New Anatolian Shepherd Import Lines - Direct From Turkey

Name:  Shepherds Rest Farm

Location:  Newberg, Oregon, United States

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Save the Cheetah Cubs!

Cub litters are usually three or four cubs, but there have been litters up to eight. The cubs are nursed for three or four months, but are dependent upon their mother for eighteen months. During nursing time, the mother needs twice as much food as normal and so goes on hunts more frequently, leaving cubs at the mercy of other predators. At independence time, male siblings often remain together for life, while females will live a solitary life, except for when raising their own cubs. Unfortunately the mortality rate of cubs is estimated in some places as 70 to 80 percent.
This precious cheetah cub, Victor, is 3 1/2 weeks old. He was taken from his mother after his sibling was killed by her. He thrives under the 24-7 attention of Cheetah Outreach staff and volunteers.
When Victor's caretakers leave him alone for brief moments to further attend to his needs, Victor will make a chirping sound, just like birds make. His chirping is a sign of his anxiety or unhappiness at being left alone.
Victor also purrs and seeks attention. In the evenings, he has 3 cub buddies who stay with him. Then he gets frisky and those 4 cubs will run all over their enclosure. But at night when it's dark, these cubs sleep inside on blankets in a tiled room with a heated floor. Posted by Picasa


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