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Cutest Baby Animals at U.S. Zoos

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Courtesy of Smithsonian National Zoo

Meet the newest generation of cute zoo babies, from Lulu the giraffe to a panda cub just learning to walk.

Gat and Lita, Cheetahs, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.

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Gat and Lita came into the world, this spring, under harrowing circumstances. Their mother, Ally, 5, birthed Gat, then underwent a cesarean section to deliver three more cubs, but only one, Lita, survived. Mom and the two cubs spent several days afterwards in intensive care and have since fully recovered—and bonded. Cheetahs are the fastest land animals, and because they were born in an Olympics year, the cubs were named after the speediest American man and woman at the London Games. “Gat the Cat” takes his name from Justin Gatlin, who won bronze in the men’s 100-meter sprint, and “Lita the Cheetah” was named after Carmelita Jeter, who won silver in the women’s 100 meters.

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Cutest Baby Animals at U.S. Zoos

Gat and Lita, Cheetahs, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.

Gat and Lita came into the world, this spring, under harrowing circumstances. Their mother, Ally, 5, birthed Gat, then underwent a cesarean section to deliver three more cubs, but only one, Lita, survived. Mom and the two cubs spent several days afterwards in intensive care and have since fully recovered—and bonded. Cheetahs are the fastest land animals, and because they were born in an Olympics year, the cubs were named after the speediest American man and woman at the London Games. “Gat the Cat” takes his name from Justin Gatlin, who won bronze in the men’s 100-meter sprint, and “Lita the Cheetah” was named after Carmelita Jeter, who won silver in the women’s 100 meters.

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Courtesy of Smithsonian National Zoo
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