Dog Brought In To Be Surrogate Parent To 5 Cheetah Cubs
The cheetah cubs lost their mother shortly after they were born at the Cincinnati Zoo. The Australian shepherd will help the cubs learn to socialize.By Katherine Biek, Katie Link | March 24, 2016
An Australian shepherd has become an unexpected surrogate parent to five cheetah cubs who lost their mother.
Staff at the Cincinnati Zoo performed a cesarean section on the 5-year-old cheetah mother, Willow, earlier this month after she developed complications.
A team of veterinarians successfully delivered three males and two females, but the cubs require round-the-clock care due to weak immune systems.