Critically endangered Asiatic cheetah cub dies in Iran

Small Asiatic cheetah lies on his side while looking into the camera sticking his tongue out
Kooshki, a rescued Asiatic cheetah in his enclosure at Pardisan Zoo in Tehran, June 18, 2008, photo: Reuters/Caren Firouz

An Asiatic cheetah cub has died in Iran days after he was born with two others in Touran Wildlife Refuge in Semnan province, state media said on Wednesday.

The baby was born on Sunday, but was very weak since birth and did not gain weight, IRNA news agency reported. An autopsy determined that the cause of death was malformation of the left lung. The cubs were born by caesarean section. The other two cubs were gaining weight.

Asiatic cheetahs are critically endangered with less than fifteen left, deputy environment minister Hassan Akbari said in January. Iran is the last country where the animals live in the wild.

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