Two cheetah cubs in Somaliland have been recently rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. Both cubs were voluntarily surrendered to Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF)’s local associates after extensive negotiations.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and CCF have partnered together in the rescue of these cubs. The partnership is a part of our ongoing efforts to protect cheetahs and combat illegal wildlife trade around the world.

The first cub, named Dhoobi (above), is a female, and is now approximately 14 weeks old. She was rescued on July 1st with the help of the Horn SPCA, who reported her to CCF and assisted in negotiations. Dhoobi is healthy, growing fast and quite playful. She enjoys sunshine and is often seen basking on a window sill or running in the yard.

The second cub, named Veepee or “Vip” for short (below), is also a female. She is five months old and was surrendered on July 4th. She was in poor condition, largely due to malnutrition, and suffers from Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD). The condition has no cure and can only be mitigated with proper nutrition and care. Vip also enjoys lying in the sun and exploring her new enclosure, which was designed small to limit her movements and prevent further damage to her bones.

cheetah cub veepee after her rescue in somaliland

Most exotic cats are endangered and their private ownership is illegal in most countries. However, where it occurs, owners often do not realize the amount of minerals, vitamins and trace elements big cats need. These are not found in meat, but in bones, viscera, fur and feathers that are part of a cat’s wild prey. MBD leads to deformities in the legs, as well as other physical deformities, and complete recovery is rare. Most of the recovery depends on how the cub responds to treatment.

Vip is now getting the nutrients her body needs, but it will be a painful few months before we know whether her condition will improve.

Cheetah cubs are very delicate. As such, the health of both cubs is being carefully monitored by CCF and their local caretakers.

–GA

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