What Is a Baby Cheetah Called?

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According to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, baby cheetahs are called cubs, similarly to other large, wild felines such as lions and tigers. About.com adds that cheetahs are usually born in litters of three to five cubs.

According to About.com, cheetah cubs stay with their mothers until they are about a year old, at which point they live in a group with their siblings for about six months. Female cheetahs then live on their own, while male cheetahs stay together in a group called a coalition.

The Smithsonian notes that because cheetahs are endangered, cubs born in captivity must be especially well cared for in order to continue the species.