Amani has been a wonderful first-time mother. She’s eating her diet and nursing the cubs regularly. Everyone is making great weight gains. She spends every night with her newborns, which is important since the cubs cannot regulate their own body temperatures yet and cool, autumnal weather is here. During the day, Amani periodically leaves the cubs to patrol her yard or eat, which is normal behavior.
On Monday, Oct. 10 and Thursday, Oct. 13 Amani voluntarily left the cubs long enough for keepers to weigh them! At the more recent weigh in, each tipped the scales at about 2.5 pounds (1.09 kilograms and 1.14 kilograms), which are excellent weights for 10-day-old cheetahs.