Image: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
A video of a cheetah cub has been doing rounds on the internet which was uploaded by Smithsonian's National Zoo on their official Instagram handle. The clip depicts the organization's animal care team raising the small animal. They also included a description caption with the video.
They went on to describe the cub's situation in the following lines. According to the description, the male cheetah baby is being hand-reared by animal care specialists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) for several weeks before being placed with a foster cheetah mother at another zoo. The cub was born September 16 as part of a litter of three to Sukiri, a 7-year-old female; keepers say the cub is strong, active, talkative, and eats well. Animal care staff at SCBI's veterinary hospital are working around the clock to feed the cub every 2 to 3 1/2 hours. The cub is being given a formula that has been successfully used to hand-raise cheetah cubs at other zoos.
Since its release, the video has garnered thousands of views, and the figures are only going up. The share has also garnered a variety of comments. An Instagram user wrote, "His name should be 'Little Fighter'." Another said, “That. Little. Nose.” "Brave little one. Keep us posted please," said the third.
Recently, a video of a tiny tot visiting the zoo dressed very cutely in a grey tracksuit with small grey booties went viral. In the video, he becomes attracted by the animals surrounding him and attempts to feed a giraffe food. To feed the animal, the boy got a sprig of leaves from somewhere and craned his neck. The giraffe also bowed down to accept the baby's meal.
Because of the height difference, the giraffe struggled at first to grasp the food from the baby's hand, but after some time, it was able to accept the gift. Visitors to the zoo captured the priceless moment and shared it on social media. The video has received over 7.2 million views and is still growing.