WASHINGTON - The staff at the Smithsonian are hand raising a male cheetah cub after he was abandoned.
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.
Sukiri nursed the cub overnight before she started ignoring him.
According to experts, single cubs are often abandoned.
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.