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The cheetah gives birth to more cubs then other big cats, but the cubs are born unusually small. Once their eyes open, the mother carries them to a different den every few days. Such regular moves keeps every den clean. This reduces the risk of predators, such as their mortal enemy the lions sniffing them out. Few cubs survive to adulthood.
The cubs are born with long grey fur and some naturalists think that this mimics the ratel, a fierce relative of the badger that few animals dare attack.
Mother cheetahs have been known to catch live prey for their cubs to use as hunting practice.