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Updated January 3rd, 2024 at 18:31 IST

Kuno National Park Gets BIG New Year Surprise: Namibian cheetah Aasha gives birth to 3 cubs | WATCH

Kuno Cheetah: In September of last year, Project Cheetah, which was initiated to reestablish and revitalize the big cat population in India, finished a year.

Pritam Saha
Project Cheetah: New born cubs at Kuno National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Project Cheetah: New born cubs at Kuno National Park, Madhya Pradesh | Image:X
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With the birth of three healthy cubs, Namibian cheetah Aasha added three new members to the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh. "Thrilled to share that Kuno National Park has welcomed three new members. The cubs have been born to Namibian Cheetah Aasha. This is a roaring success for Project Cheetah, envisioned by PM Narendra Modi to restore ecological balance," Union Forest & Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav said, sharing a video of the cubs. “My big congrats to all experts involved in the project, the Kuno wildlife officials, and wildlife enthusiasts across India.”

In September of last year, Project Cheetah, which was initiated to reestablish and revitalize the big cat population in India, finished a year. There are currently 20 spotted cats in all, including the three newborn cubs. However, three of the four cubs born to "Jwala," a different Namibian cheetah, in May of last year passed away shortly after they were born. Since the project's start, six more Cheetah who were introduced at Kuno have passed away, bringing the total to nine. Kuno National Park therefore welcomed fresh visitors after a long period. The wonderful news was also posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Dr. Mohan Yadav. 

Soon, India is expected to import more cheetahs, but this time they will come from northern Africa, where the large cats from South Africa and Namibia have grown a winter coat during the Indian summer. The cheetahs experienced an unexpected development ahead of the African winter, which runs from June to September. Three of the cheetahs died, and an official explained that the animals scratched their necks on tree trunks or the ground because their winter coats were itchy from the extreme humidity and heat.

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Published January 3rd, 2024 at 17:40 IST

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