Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cheetah at St. Louis Zoo Gives Birth to Eight Cubs

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cheetah at St. Louis Zoo Gives Birth to Eight Cubs

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By Jim Salter

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- A cheetah named Bingwa at the St. Louis Zoo is a proud mother -- eight times over.

The zoo announced Wednesday that the 4-year-old cheetah gave birth Nov. 26 to eight cubs -- three males and five females. It's the largest litter of cheetah cubs ever delivered at the zoo. The average litter size is three to four cubs.

In fact, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums has documented 430 litters, and said this is the first time a cheetah mom has given birth to and reared on her own a litter of eight cubs at a zoo.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Bingwa means "champion" in Swahili.

All eight cubs and the mom are doing well. They'll remain indoors, away from the public and under close scrutiny from staff, for several months. …

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