CCF was informed of a small cheetah cub that was orphaned in the Khomas region of Namibia. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) contacted us on Friday and CCF staff drove out to meet a farmer reporting that someone had dropped off a cub at her farm. The farmer was looking after the cub for about a week but she became concerned when the cub started to have health problems. The farmer was was not able to provide the right level of care necessary for the cub.
It is unclear how the cub became separated from its mother. The farmer told CCF staff about a female cheetah that ran away and four cubs were mentioned. However, there was only one cub brought to the farmer. We have no further information on the remaining cubs or their mother at this time. We are glad that the farmer eventually reported the cub to the MET, but any cubs that are found should be reported immediately.
CCF staff picked up the cub and took it to a local vet for an initial assessment before bringing it back to CCF. The male cub is about 10-14 days old, its eyes are just open and doesn’t have its teeth yet. CCF staff prepared and sterilized a nursery area for the cub and began a feeding schedule of cat milk supplement every three hours. The little cub has been very responsive to care, it is very active with lots of chirping and purring at feeding time. It also sleeps very well and is getting plenty of rest and lots of special care from CCF staff.