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How do baby Cheetah survive?

on May 9, 2013

Baby animals have this strange ability to make us feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. And why wouldn’t they? Evolutionarily speaking humans feeling compelled to care of animals allowed us to gain an advantage compared to other species. We were able to develop the necessary skills to keep livestock, to train and adapt animals to help prepare the land for crops and to even keep our territory in check with fierce guard dogs.

It should come to no wonder when studies show that viewing cute animal pictures increases work performance. After all, we are programmed to react with excitement to fury little creature; therefore if anyone asks what you’re doing, just tell them you are trying to increase your work productivity by checking out this entry. It’s science. Can’t argue with that!

Although we love to watch and read about baby animals we must remember that we are dealing with creatures that just arrived on this planet with little to no knowledge on how the world works. As newborns they are extremely vulnerable to anything around them. Whether we are talking about carnivores, omnivores or herbivores, when newly born, all animals can become easy prey.
For this reason animals are either born with a specific aspect or develop a certain number of skills which allow them to cope with this vulnerability.

If I were to discuss all the animals I can think of with these characteristics this entry would have been too big therefore it will be divided in several parts.
I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing about them!

 

Cheetah Cubs
When born, Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) cubs are small, slow and easy to catch by predators. Their father would be long gone and the mother, although always around until they are more or less independent (at around 18 months), is built for speed, not for confrontations. A cub’s best chance of survival is to hide and hope that it won’t get spotted.
Living in an open Savannah or Grassland area doesn’t make their task any easier so natural selection helped them a bit.
As you can see from the photo below, cheetah cubs are born with a small mane, from their heads to the end of the backs, called a “mantle”. This interesting feature allows the cubs to resemble a fierce African creature: the Honey Badger or Ratel (Mellivora capensis). This interesting animal is well known by its ferocious attacks against any animal that comes in its’ way, whether we’re talking about buffalos, venomous snakes or even lions.
Having a coat that makes you look like one of this savage creatures is definitely a great way to stay out of trouble and away from predators when mum is not around!

Baby Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus)

Cheetah cubs (Acinonyx jubatus).
Photo Credits

Honey Badger or Ratel (Mellivora capensis)

Honey Badger or Ratel (Mellivora capensis)
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Hope you liked learning about the amazing world of baby cheetahs.
Do you want to find out how baby zebras and other animals survive?
Check out our “Series” page for the list of “Baby Animals: How do they survive?
Até à próxima.

~Sofia.

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