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Sweet sensation: Newborn royal cheetahs in Tokyo


Sweet sensation: Newborn royal cheetahs in Tokyo

There's something to celebrate at Tama Zoo in Tokyo! Six cheetahs were born in January. But that's not all: two of the balls of wool are part of the rare variant of the king cheetah, in which the black spots appear in a blob form and create a stripe-like pattern. They already have a best friend.

Operators and visitors to the zoo are blown away: a total of six cheetahs, including two specimens of the rare Konigsgeparden species! A birth of this rare variety is only possible if both mother and father carry a recessive gene, which causes the black spots typical of these big cats to change into an apparent stripe pattern via a blob form. The event becomes all the more important if one realizes that until today only six such specimens have been observed in the wild. Find out more about the fastest land animal, the cheetah, here.

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