An Asiatic cheetah has given birth to cubs in Iran, marking the first time the species has bred in captivity., according to the Iranian Cheetah Society. The cheetah mom, named Iran, gave birth to her cubs via caesarean section and the babies were later placed in intensive care.
The three little animals were born at the Turan Biosphere Reserve Asiatic Cheetah Breeding Center in Tehran, according to a May 1 press release from Iran’s Department of Environment.
However, Behrang Ekrami, a veterinarian at the Asian Cheetah Breeding Center, reported that one of the puppies died a few days later due to malformations in the left lung already an adhesion.
Initially it was announced that the cheetah cubs were all female, but upon closer examination it was determined that they are male.
The Vice President of Natural Environment and Biodiversity of the Environment Organization, Hasan Akbarí, stated that they still don’t know if the mother will accept the pupsOtherwise, they must be fed. In any case, the caregivers will try to ensure that they have as little contact with humans as possible to favor their acceptance.
researchers they saved the mother cheetah in December 2017, after she was found in a house in Iran at eight months old, according to Jamshid Parchizadeh, a graduate research assistant at The Global Wildlife Conservation Center. It is believed that wildlife traffickers planned to sell it into the illegal animal trade, he added.
After getting her to safety, her keepers began slowly putting her in contact with a male Asiatic cheetah, Firouz, in 2021, in order for them to breed. The specimen had been captured in the Turan National Park to mate with her in captivity and thus facilitate the recovery of this species.
Less than 20 copies remain in Iran
Iran is one of the few countries where they live in the wild, but fewer than 20 cheetahs have been sighted across the country in recent years.yes The disappearance of 90 percent of its habitat, coupled with droughts, poachers or car hits have reduced the number of specimens of this animal.
Being a critically endangered species, this captive breeding project is of paramount importanceaccording to Parchizadeh.
The researchers considered that these cubs could increase the number of the Asiatic cheetah population, which could be a great hope” for the species, Parchizadeh said by email.
This cheetah variant is very similar to its African cousins, he added. Both can reach speeds of up to 128 kilometers per hour. Nevertheless, the Asiatic cheetah is paler in color and has thicker furParchizadeh said.
In past centuries, it was a much more numerous species that ranged from Arabia to India, including Afghanistan; at the moment it is estimated that a population of between 70-100 individuals survivesmost of them in Iran.
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