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The adorable cheetah cubs at the St. Louis Zoo now have names

The 10-week-old Cheetah Cubs at the St. Louis Zoo (Credit: St. Louis Zoo) The 10-week-old Cheetah Cubs at the St. Louis Zoo (Credit: St. Louis Zoo)
The cheetah cubs at three weeks old. (Credit: Carolyn Kelly, Saint Louis Zoo) The cheetah cubs at three weeks old. (Credit: Carolyn Kelly, Saint Louis Zoo)
The cheetah cubs at three weeks old. (Credit: Carolyn Kelly, Saint Louis Zoo) The cheetah cubs at three weeks old. (Credit: Carolyn Kelly, Saint Louis Zoo)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

For the first time in Saint Louis Zoo history, a cheetah gave birth to eight cubs back in November and now the adorable cubs have names.

There are three male cubs and five female cubs.

The Swahili names of the cheetah cubs are:

  • Moja (MOH-jah), female — means one
  • Mbili (BEE-lee), male — means two
  • Tatu (TAH-too), male — means three
  • Nne (NNN-eh), female — means four
  • Tano (TAH-noh), male — means five
  • Sita (SEE-tah), female — means six
  • Saba (SAH-bah), female — means seven
  • Nane (NAH-neh), female — means eight

Video posted by the St. Louis Zoo on social media shows the youngster playing in their private enclosure. Watch the video above to see the cuteness for yourself.

The cubs were born Nov. 26 at the Saint Louis Zoo River's Edge Cheetah Breeding Center.

The cubs' parents are four-year-old Bingwa (mother) and nine-year-old Jason (father). Bingwa is still keeping a close eye on them as they learn skills.

Bingwa is on loan to the Saint Louis Zoo from Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon, and Jason is on loan from White Oak Conservation in Yulee, Florida.

The average cheetah litter size is three or four cubs.

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