This first-time cheetah mum seems to be finding it hard to move around as she knocks her cub in the head in an enclosure becoming crowded with six cubs that unexpectedly arrived at the same time.
The ”incident” was caught on video by staff at the Adventure World enclosure, located in the town of Shirayama, in the Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, where the little cub resides with its mother and two other siblings.
The cub was born on Monday, 28th March 2022 along with two other siblings and they all have been a major attraction at the zoo ever since.
Their four-year-old mother – born on 11th July, 2018 – came to the zoo from South Africa in March 2021, together with their five-year-old father – born on 13th May, 2017.
It was the first time giving birth for the young mother, but the second one of the season – following the birth of three other baby cheetahs on Saturday, 19th March, 2022.
The babies are reportedly spending all their time with their mothers, following in their every footstep as they still fully depend on their care.
Even though it is her first time having babies, the female cheetah already appears to be done with motherhood, as she can be seen acting incredibly nonchalant after accidentally tumping over the playful cub.
Despite being adorable at their young age, cheetahs are incredibly fierce once they fend off their mothers’ protection – being the fastest animal on land, capable of running at speeds of up to nearly 130 kilometres per hour.
Adventure World started breeding cheetahs in 1978 and currently has 17 cheetahs (five males, six females, and six babies born in 2022), according to their official website.
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