Cheetah Breaks Record And Gives Birth To 8 Healthy Cubs
Bingwa, the 4-year old St. Louis Zoo cheetah, has more than just lived up to her name. "Bingwa" in Swahili means "champion" and what a more than fit name for the new mother of 8 cubs! What makes this so amazing is that, this is the first time a cheetah has given birth to eight adorable cubs at a zoo! Quite the accomplishment! (The average litter size is three to four cubs)
According to the St. Louis Zoo, Bingwa is already a perfect mom for her three boys and five girls! She is on loan to the zoo from Wildlife Safari in Winston, Ore. The father, 9-year-old Jason, is on loan from White Oak Conservation in Yulee, Fla.
The world's fastest land mammal is racing toward extinction. And sadly, there is estimated that only 7,100 of the big cats remain in the wild. So this is huge and exciting news for the big cats around the world!