As all moms know, giving birth is no easy feat! Of course, the size and the number of babies will contribute to the ease of the birth, among many other factors.
But luckily, we have teams of doctors and nurses to help with the endeavor. If needed, they can intervene during the natural process, and perform a variety of procedures, such as a C-section. These are often needed when there are complications during birth, or when Mom is past her due date.
In the animal kingdom, these procedures don’t exist. Poor animal moms must rely on their own resources to give birth naturally, in peace. The mortality rate for them and their babies is therefore much higher than it would be for humans. But somehow, these brave moms manage to give life!
Animals in zoos have the luxury of getting these procedures done if needed, which was the case of a mama cheetah at theCincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Vets realized that she risked having a complicated birth and intervened. The result? Five adorable baby cheetahs were born! They are carefully looked after by a team of vets and caretakers to ensure their survival.