Kitty kids on prowl at Whipsnade Zoo
These cherubin cheetahs are the latest adorable addition to the Whipsnade zoo family.
The 12-week-old septuplets were introduced to the public by proud mum Dubai this week
They had been tucked up behind the scenes but are now roaming the zoo’s Cheetah Rock enclosure and developing their own personalities.
Senior keeper Marie Brown said: “All seven are extremely playful but mum’s very patient with them all and is doing a great job of bringing them up.”
The seven as-yet-unnamed pups are Dubai’s second litter, after giving birth to five babies in 2010 – the first Northern cheetah to be born in the UK.
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An endangered species, the seven sisters and brothers will likely be sent to other zoos and breeding problems to best improve their population.
Whipsnade has a proud history of successful cheetah breeding – in 1967, mum Juanita give birth to the first cheetahs of any kind ever to be born in a British zoo.
ZSL, the charity that runs Whipsnade, has also ran a successful cheetah breeding programme in Tanzania, Africa, that has celebrated the birth of more than 170 cubs since the 1970s.