Smithsonian webcam offers view of its adorable litter of just-born cheetahs

Say hello to a litter of cute, newborn cheetahs.

Five cubs arrived Tuesday morning at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

The world is getting a chance to see them via the Cheetah Cub Cam, which features live footage of the den.

Sometimes viewers can hear the newborns chirping. That means they are hungry, cold or looking for their mom, a 5-year-old cheetah named Rosie, according to the institute’s website.

“Seeing Rosalie successfully care for this litter — her first — with confidence is very rewarding,” said Adrienne Crosier, cheetah reproductive biologist at SCBI and head of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Cheetah Species Survival Plan, in a statement.

Nick, a 10-year-old cheetah and the first of his species to be born at SCBI, sired the litter.

The two cheetahs were bred on July 9 and 10, and SCBI veterinarians confirmed the pregnancy using ultrasounds on August 16.

The cheetah — a rare cat

SCBI is one of 10 cheetah breeding centers in the United States that are a part of the Cheetah Breeding Center Coalition, a group committed to establishing a cheetah population in North America that is under human care.

About 7,000 to 7,500 cheetahs remain in the wild, the statement said, living in various pockets of Africa and part of Iran.

Staff at the zoo have been giving the cheetahs their space so Rosalie can bond with her babies. This includes grooming, nursing and later playing with her cubs.

Because keepers are giving the new family time to bond, they do not know the sex of the cheetah cubs.

“As webcam viewers watch our cheetah family grow, play and explore their surroundings, we hope the experience brings them joy and helps them feel a deeper connection to this vulnerable species,” Crosier said in a statement.

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Disneyland Figures Out a New to Make More Money

Disneyland Figures Out a New to Make More Money


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(CNN Business) – Millions of guests visit Disney theme parks each year, and most of them probably loathe waiting 90 minutes to ride “Peter Pan’s Flight.” So now Disney is rolling out a new service that will help park goers streamline their visits and cut down on wait times.

Genie” — which debuts this fall at California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Disney World — is a new digital service that will “maximize your park time, so you can have more fun,” according to the company.

“From specific attractions, foodie experiences and entertainment, to general interests like Disney princesses, villains, Pixar, Star Wars, thrill rides and more — just tell Disney Genie what you want to do and it will do the planning for you,” Disney (DIS) said in a blog post on Wednesday.

Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro told CNN Business this week that the company listened to guests who want the theme park experience to be simpler, straightforward and tailored “for them.”

“You tell Genie what you are interested in specifically — whether that be an attraction, a food, a character — and Genie’s going to come back to you and tell you how to make the most of your day,” D’Amaro said.

The free service will be built into Disney Parks’ established apps along with a paid version called “Disney Genie+” that allows guests to access the “Lightning Lane” for $15 at Disney World and $20 at Disneyland.

“Lightning Lane” is basically a paid version of a benefit that used to be free for guests: Disney’s FastPass, which allowed visitors to book ride and attraction times in advance to avoid long waits.

As Disneyland retires the Fastpass and unveils their new pay-for Genie+ service to manage lines/crowds, Nikki Medoro and Bret Burkhart wonder if people will actually pay more to avoid lines. Also, Brett Favre says kids should avoid tackle football before age 14.