Video: The San Diego Zoo Safari Park's Adorable 3-Week Old Cheetah Sisters
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park debuted a pair of three-week old cheetah cubs this past week and, oh my goodness, they are about as adorable as you think they'd be.
The unnamed sisters were born on September 1 to Allie, a cheetah with a poor track record of raising her litters, according to the San Diego Zoo. Because of this, zookeepers made the decision to hand rear them.
The cubs are being bottle-fed by humans, and already weigh about 3 pounds each. "Every baby's different, but these cheetahs really seem to be developing quickly in our eye. They are great eaters, they started playing when they were just three or four days old. They could barely walk at that time, so it was pretty interesting seeing them tumbling around with each other," said Eileen Neff, head keeper of the Safari Park.
The babies will be on display to the public for a few hours each day. They'll soon be paired with a domesticated dog as a BFF, as are all cheetahs at the zoo that are used as "animal ambassadors," such as Ruuxa. The dogs' body language helps the cheetahs be comfortable around humans.
Once again: "Awwwwww."