Cheetah cub born premature at Cincinnati Zoo passes away

Cheetah cub born premature at Cincinnati Zoo passes away

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Two of the five premature cheetah cubs born at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden have now passed away, the Zoo announced Thursday.

The cubs have been receiving around-the-clock treatment at the Zoo's nursery since they were born on March 8.

"All of the cubs have struggled with digestive issues.  Their weight gain has been inconsistent, up one day and down the next," said Dr. Mark Campbell, Director of Animal Health at the Cincinnati Zoo. "The cubs are now teething, so getting enough calories into them is even more challenging.  Their gums hurt, which makes feedings uncomfortable."

The first cub passed away on March 28.

The Zoo said the three remaining cubs, two females and one male, will continue to receive treatment 24/7.

"The cubs' condition has been guarded since day one.  They lack immunities that their mother's milk would have provided, making them more susceptible to infection and less able to overcome what would normally be minor developmental issues," said Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard. "While not entirely unexpected, the loss of this five-week-old cub has been particularly hard on Zoo staff."

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