As regal as the mama cheetah appears, she is somewhat at a loss to defend her cubs from the other predators like the lions and tigers or even the jackals.
This cheetah is built for speed, but poorly equipped for defense because she has small teeth and a weak jaw. She can not compete against the more aggressive predators.
For 18 months, mothers must raise their cubs from tiny, helpless creatures – only ten ounces in weight and less than 12 inches long into grown animals capable of taking care of themselves.
Help the cheetah to raise her cubs in the protected African homelands under the protection of the Cheetah Conservation Fund.
Will you run or walk for the Cheetah?
Time is running away from them.
Plan to Run for the cheetah 2010
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Excerpts courtesy of DailyMail.co.uk “The tiny cheetah cubs that have a slow, gentle start in life”
June 13, 2007.
Image 1. Mom and cubs courtesy of National Geographic cheetah-cubs
Image 2. courtesy of Suzi Eszterhas The-tiny-cheetah-cubs-slow-gentle-start-life