Rare Cheetah Cubs Born in Japan

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The Tama Zoo in Tokyo, Japan, is celebrating what is both an adorable and a very rare new birth in their park. Five cheetah cubs were born there on Jan. 6, and two of the newborns have the distinct and rare mutation that makes them "king" cheetahs, according to "Today."

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A king cheetah is a cheetah whose spots appear merged into splotches that look like stripes. The pattern results from a recessive gene that both parents must carry, making it very rarely seen in captivity and almost never seen in the wild. Only six king cheetahs have ever been observed in the wild, according to CheetahSpot.com.

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King cheetahs were at one time believed to be a different species, but that changed when their rare coats were discovered to come from a genetic mutation.

With these five new cubs, Tama Zoo now boasts a total of 22 cheetahs.

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YuukoBaskerville

R00d

April 04 2013 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
siscosdad

I wish they had been born here. Since the Japanese killed my uncle, and tried to kill my dad, I don't much care for them

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