Thanks to all of our Cheetah Cub Cam viewers who wrote or commented about the coughing cheetah cub. We’ve been monitoring him closely and the veterinary staff did an exam on him and all of his siblings this morning. Both he and one other male cub show signs of a mild respiratory infection. To be on the safe side, all five cubs were treated with long-acting antibiotics. The two showing symptoms also received an oral cough suppressant. They’re scheduled for another veterinary check-up on Friday.
Back to our regularly scheduled Cubdate! It’s been another busy week for Rosalie and her five cubs. Avid Cheetah Cub Cam viewers will have noticed that Rosalie is still hopping between the three dens at random. It’s always a great surprise to see her back in one of the dens with a webcam, though. While we’d love to tell viewers the best time to tune in and watch the cubs, we really never know when or where they'll be!
There were some big milestones off the webcam this week as well. The cubs had their first veterinary exam! Vets listened to the cubs’ hearts and lungs, took blood samples, checked their eyes and ears, and administered a first set of vaccinations. And of course, the staff weighed them in buckets. All the cubs are gaining weight!
Veterinarians and animal care staff will continue to closely monitor the cubs, including one with a misshaped tail that is otherwise in great health.