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Cheetah gives birth to 7 adorable cubs

SEVEN cheetah cubs were born at Shanghai Wildlife Park in what officials described yesterday as a rather rare event.

Usually a cheetah gives birth to between one and five cubs, officials said.

The cheetah mother, however, couldn't provide milk for all seven cubs, so feeders had to "recruit" two dogs to help, officials added.

The father Da Hu and the mother Lao Da are both five years old and grew up together. From a young age they interacted well and keepers decided to mate the two. Several months after staying together, Lao Da was pregnant.

"Mother cheetahs don't eat when they are about to give birth," said Su Feilong, an official with the park. "When feeders found Lao Da was not interested in fresh lamb or beef, they kept her in the delivery room, taking care of her around the clock."

The four male and three female cubs were born on April 1.


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