Cheetah Cubs

Jessica Balisle / KSMU

Zookeepers sprayed three cans of silly spray Tuesday at Dickerson Park Zoo to reveal the gender of their new cheetah cubs.  One can sprayed pink, and the others blue.  The cheetahs have been named Wally, Glenn and Maggie.

Zoo staff veterinarian, Rodney Schnellbacher said it will be two to three weeks before they’ll be on public view.

"We just want to be sure that the mom feels comfortable and the babies feel comfortable so we don't have her abandon them," he said.

The three cubs, born May 2, are the first born at the zoo since 2003.

Dickerson Park Zoo

Three new cheetah cubs made their appearance at Dickerson Park Zoo earlier this month.  The triplets, born May 2, are the first cheetah cubs born at the zoo since 2003.

A cheetah birth is “a big deal” in the zoo community because they are difficult to breed, according to senior zookeeper Ken Harmon.

Zookeeper Sheila Samek said they’d been trying to breed the female, Roni, for two years.  The cubs’ father is Tendagi.