Orphaned Cheetah Cub, Lyra
It is with the greatest regret that we have to announce the sudden death of CCB's latest cheetah rehabilitation candidate, Lyra. Rescued from the Ghanzi District in October 2006, the 10 month old cub had recovered from a leg fracture and had responded positively to treatment for a number of other conditions. Though showing great promise and making excellent progress under the care of Ann Marie, Kyle and Lorraine at Jwaneng, on the afternnoon of 2nd April Lyra failed to appear at the gate of the enclosure at feeding time and was soon discovered lying down under a tree. A necropsy was performed by Kyle and Ann Marie the following day. The procedure revealed that the young cheetah had a kidney abnormality and a, likely congenital, heart condition - the heart being only half that of the normal size. Specimens have been taken and are undergoing analysis.
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