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Rare birth of three Asiatic cheetah cubs in Iran - the first in captivity


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An Asiatic cheetah gave birth to three "healthy" cubs in Iran, the head of the environment department said Sunday, calling it a first in captivity for the endangered species.

"Iran", one of only a dozen cheetahs found in the Islamic republic, delivered three "healthy" cubs by C-section, Ali Salajegheh told IRNA news agency.

"This is the first birth of an Asiatic cheetah in captivity," he said.

"By preserving these cubs, we can increase the cheetah population in captivity and then in semi-captivity," Salajegheh added.

The cubs were born in the Touran Wildlife Refuge in the Semnan province east of Tehran, where the mother and her babies are being monitored in intensive care.

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-rare-birth-asiatic-cheetah-cubs.html

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Second endangered cheetah cub dies in Iran: state media

The second of three Asiatic cheetah cubs born in captivity in Iran has died in a blow to conservation efforts for the critically endangered subspecies, state media reported Wednesday.

"The cause of death of the cub is being investigated and the result will be announced after the post mortem," environment department official Hassan Akbari told state news agency IRNA.

The announcement came just two weeks after a first cub from the litter died.

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-endangered-cheetah-cub-dies-iran.html

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5 hours ago, Still Waters said:

Second endangered cheetah cub dies in Iran: state media

The second of three Asiatic cheetah cubs born in captivity in Iran has died in a blow to conservation efforts for the critically endangered subspecies, state media reported Wednesday.

"The cause of death of the cub is being investigated and the result will be announced after the post mortem," environment department official Hassan Akbari told state news agency IRNA.

The announcement came just two weeks after a first cub from the litter died.

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-endangered-cheetah-cub-dies-iran.html

Cheetah cubs have a high mortality rate, approximately 90 percent, most cheetah cubs die before they reach three months of age. 

https://cheetah.org/learn/about-cheetahs/

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