The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Metro Richmond Zoo Welcomes Cheetah Septuplets: It’s a Rare 1 Percent Chance The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Metro Richmond Zoo Welcomes Cheetah Septuplets: It’s a Rare 1 Percent Chance

Friday, May 3, 2019

Metro Richmond Zoo Welcomes Cheetah Septuplets: It’s a Rare 1 Percent Chance


There are few things more precious than getting the chance to witness nature unfold in all its glory. But for staff at the Metro Richmond Zoo, catching a glimpse of the wonders of nature is just part of their job. Despite this, nature still manages to surprise them every now and then.

On Nov. 30, 2018, the zoo welcomed seven new additions to their Chesterfield County zoo’s cheetah population when a cheetah named Vaila gave birth to septuplets. According to Jim Andelin, the owner of the zoo, this kind of thing happens rarely.

“This is a very special birth to us because not only is it a big boost for cheetah conservation by increasing the captive population, but also a cheetah having seven cubs at once only happens 1 percent of the time,” Andelin said in a statement.

WTVR reported back in January that the cubs were healthy after getting their first set of shots. The cubs’ parents, mom Vaila is a second-time mother, and dad Kalu is a first-time father who was born and raised right at the Metro Richmond Zoo.

To read more on this story, click here: Metro Richmond Zoo Welcomes Cheetah Septuplets: It’s a Rare 1 Percent Chance

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