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Rare cheetah cubs unveiled at Australian zoo

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Published on Jan 15, 2013

A zoo near Adelaide announced the birth of five cheetah cubs on Tuesday, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

The cubs were born in October 2012 at Monarto Zoo but the announcement was delayed to give the cubs time to grow and settle into their new home.

Mother 'Nakula' lost her first litter in 2008, the report said.

Amongst the cub litter were two 'robust boys' and three girls, one who was very timid, said zoo keeper Michelle Lloyd.

The playful cubs have spent a lot of time jumping on their mum and grooming each other, Lloyd said.

The cubs were raised in a private area of the zoo where there is little human contact, and camera allowed staff to watch their birth and continued development.

It's been nine years since the zoo displayed a little of cubs, which they say are "the most endangered big cat in Africa" the report said.

"They are so tough to breed in captivity so it's huge for the region... To see her go on and be a breeding female is the icing on the cake," Lloyd said.

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