3 Asiatic cheetahs born by C-section in Iran
When CNN covers the birth of 3 Cheetahs, it must be something special. According to Research professor Kaveh Mandani, the 3 Asiatic Cheetahs who were born by C-section are doing well but not yet hanging out with their mom. Two seem to be healthier, he stated. Asiatic cheetahs are critically endangered and only surviving in Iran. The people of Iran are celebrating the birth of these baby cheetahs!
The fact that an Asiatic cheetah gave birth to three cubs in Iran, the head of the environment department said on May 1, calling it a first in captivity for the endangered species.
The mama cheetah with the name “Iran” delivered three cubs in the Touran Wildlife Refuge by cesarean section, Ali Salajegheh told the official government news agency IRNA. According to Mr. Salajegheh this was the first birth of an Asiatic cheetah in captivity.
Iran is one of the last countries in the world where Asiatic cheetahs live in the wild and began a United Nations-supported protection program in 2001.
An Iranian official said in January that only a dozen Asiatic cheetahs are left in the wild in the country, describing the situation for the highly endangered species as “extremely critical.”
Environmentalists say the world’s fastest animal has been the victim of drought, hunting, habitat destruction, and scarcity of prey due to hunters in the remote and arid central plateaus.
Meanwhile, we learned that 2 of the cubs did not survive and lots of fingerpointing is going on about who might be responsible for this.
As per Iran International with the help of an Indonesian Veterinarian, they try to ensure that the third cub will survive.
The Iranian Cheetah Society says the only remaining habitats left for the majestic cats are the Miandasht Wildlife Refuge and the Touran Biosphere Reserve in northeast Iran. Iran is the last country in the world where the critically endangered Asiatic cheetah can be found in the wild, and authorities launched a United Nations-supported protection program in 2001. In January, Akbari said only a dozen individuals were left in the wild — down from an estimated 100 in 2010.