A pair of cheetah cubs

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Olympic zoo babies

A pair of 3-month-old cheetah cubs investigate their new enclosure on July 24 while making their official public debut at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

 

The debut comes just days before the opening of the Olympic Games in London. In honor of the world event, the cubs — a male and a female — will be named after the fastest American male and female runners in the 100-meter dash.

 

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A pair of cheetah cubs

Photo: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images

Cubs will be cubs

The young cubs romp, run and play in the grass of the enclosure at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Their 5-year-old first-time mother, Ally, had a difficult birth on April 23 that involved a risky Cesarean section. Unfortunately, she abandoned the cubs, and since then they have been hand-raised by zoo staff.

 

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