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Young cheetahs frolic in Austrian snow
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Young cheetahs frolic in Austrian snow

The Local · 26 Jan 2016, 13:18

Published: 26 Jan 2016 13:18 GMT+01:00

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The young cheetahs are being kept at the world's oldest zoo, which is located in the grounds of the famous Schönbrunn Palace in the Austrian capital Vienna.

And the claw marks on the blue ball show that the cheetahs have been getting plenty of practice in chasing the ball.

Although the cold might normally be expected to bother the young animals, they have been largely untroubled because of the fact that their new cage is fitted with underfloor heating. After running around chasing the ball outside, the cheetahs then head back to warm up in their heated den.

Zoo director Dagmar Schratter said that in their homeland cheetahs are used to the cold. "They may be from Africa, but at night time the temperatures often hover around 0 degrees Celsius."

The triplets were born in July 2014 and the mother cheetah had to be put to sleep in 2015 after suffering from a serious illness.

But by then the youngsters were already capable of looking after themselves, and will soon be sent to other zoos as part of a global breeding programme.

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Photo: Daniel Zupanc

Story courtesy of Central European News.

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