Cheetah mom has paws full with these 6 cuddly cubs
Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 09:00 AM
All photos: Piroschka van de Wouw/AFP/Getty Images
One of the six cheetah cubs born at Burgers Zoo in Arnhem, Netherlands, is held up by staff as the big cat family makes its public debut on July 4.
The sextuplets, born on May 24, are quite rare. Typically, a cheetah only gives birth to two to four cubs per litter. A litter of six energetic cubs may sound like a lot, but some cheetah mothers have been known to give birth to nine cubs in a single gestation period.
The cubs will become independent from their mother after a year or two, and life expectancy hovers around 12 years in the wild and 20 years in captivity.
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