Since our update last week, the cold and rainy autumn weather has arrived at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. In an abundance of caution, are continuing to take things slow to avoid prompting Rosalie to move the cubs into the yard again. We have not weighed or handled the cubs since last week. However, we are able to clean the yard and peek into the den almost every day to grab photos of the cubs while Rosalie eats in her building.
We think there’s a chance Rosalie may choose to move the cubs to the other den in her yard. We noticed her going in and inspecting the other den by herself. The other den is heated and stocked with fresh hay, whereas she and the cubs have been in the current den for over nine days now. It’s natural for cheetah moms to move their litter. In the wild, they wouldn’t stay in one place too long because the smell would attract predators. Have no fear, Cheetah Cub Cam viewers: there is a live-streaming camera in that den, too!