Later that same day, all four cubs ate from their own bowls! Even Hasani, who used to be very skittish without his littermates, has been doing well eating by himself. It was a lucky day. The cubs ate in the stalls where we practice injection training, so we were able to repeat the training.
All our cheetahs are routinely vaccinated, and we train them to accept their vaccines via pole syringe. We touched the cubs lightly on their back thighs with a pole syringe (without a needle) as they ate. They have been very unconcerned with us touching their hips, which is exactly what we want. This is a great indicator that the injection training is already going well.
After the cubs eat all their food, their curiosity and playfulness return. They sometimes knock their bowls around or carry them outside to play.
At their most recent weigh-in, Jabari weighed in at 76 pounds (34.5 kilograms), Hasani at 72 pounds (32.7 kilograms), Erindi at 67.5 pounds (30.6 kilograms) and Amabala at 64.6 pounds (29.3 kilograms).
Be sure to read the previous updates on Echo and her four cubs!