Hoedspruit welcomes two new cheetah cubs

HOEDSPRUIT – What makes this even more significant, is the fact that
only the cubs’ father, Tristan, is a king cheetah.
Mother of the cubs, Tilla, is only carries the recessive gene.
“We are very proud and excited to be able to introduce two new baby king cheetahs to the world,” said Henk Labuschagne, general assistant at HESC.
The magnificent and rare king cheetah was first discovered in 1926, when it was thought to be a completely new and exciting species – a strange hybrid between a cheetah and a leopard. Although we now know that it is not a new species, but only a pattern variation of a normal spotted cheetah, no one can dispute the fact that the king cheetah is possibly the most beautiful of Africa’s wild cats.
Sightings in the wild have been reported, including one in the Kruger National Park in 1974, but are incredibly rare, even in captivity. As the distinctive fur pattern is caused by a rare mutation of a recessive gene, both parents must carry the king gene in order for the offspring to have the spectacular markings of the species.

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Carli Koch
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