Last week, several of the cheetah cubs showed signs of a mild respiratory infection. We are pleased to say, after a week of antibiotics and keeping a close eye on them, all five of Rosalie’s cubs appear to be healthy! The coughing stopped earlier this week and the cubs’ breathing sounded clear during a final antibiotic treatment on December 2.
When cheetah cubs are around 6 weeks old, like Rosalie’s cubs, their immune systems are still developing and the immunity they get from their mother starts to wear off. This, in combination with the colder weather, can put cubs at a risk for developing respiratory infections. Thankfully, we caught this one early and all the cubs recovered quickly.
We were also pleased to find the cubs quite feisty during each check-up. They have a lot more energy and confidence now – with us and each other. The cubs often run around and play after a meal. One of the male cubs was even brave enough to come up to the fence while a keeper was nearby with food, resulting in a video we couldn’t resist sharing.