The young cheetah's mother, 5-year-old Ally, was giving birth in April when she abandoned the first cub she delivered. Veterinarians at Virginia's Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute decided to perform an emergency Cesarian section – a procedure rarely performed on cheetahs – in order to save the other three cubs and the mother.
Ally made it, but only one of the three other cubs lived. Since then, the two surviving cheetahs have been in the care of the staff at Washington, D.C.'s National Zoo.
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