A cheetah at Allwetterzoo Münster in Germany gave birth to a special litter on April 28. Cheetahs normally have three to five cubs per litter, but resident cheetah mom Namoja brought seven special babies into the world. Zoo staff calls the rare brood "The Magnificent Seven" and the "Seven Dwarfs," according to ZooBorns.
This is the second litter for Namoja and her mate, Jabari. Their first litter - all males - now live in various locations throughout Europe, as part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP). The Cheetah is a large member of the family Felidae and is native to Africa and parts of Iran. It is the only surviving member of the genus Acinonyx.
The cheetah is the world's fastest land mammal. "With acceleration that would leave most automobiles in the dust, a cheetah can go from 0 to 60 miles (96 kilometers) an hour in only three seconds," according to National Geographic. "These big cats are quite nimble at high speed and can make quick and sudden turns in pursuit of prey."
The cheetahs are classified as "vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Threats include: loss of habitat and prey, conflict with humans, illegal pet trade, competition with or predation by other carnivores, and a gene pool with low variability.