Smithsonian staff hand raising abandoned cheetah cub

The staff at the Smithsonian are hand raising a male cheetah cub after he was abandoned. 

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According to officials at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, they intervened after two other cubs in the litter birthed by 7-year-old Sukiri died on Sept. 16.

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Sukiri nursed the cub overnight before she started ignoring him.

According to experts, single cubs are often abandoned.

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They say the cub – who has not been named – will be given to a foster cheetah mother at another zoo after he’s been cared for over the course of several weeks.