Cheetah cub squeaking

Remember that cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus), although they’re large African cats, cannot roar: they chirp, as well as making a panoply of non-roaring noises. (Go here to see my recent post which shows an adult cheetah embarrassing itself when vocalizing.)

Here’s a cheetah cub making even cuter noises. The YouTube notes give some background:

This cheetah kitten named Nala was in Namibia Africa when I was visiting some friends of mine this past summer. Her mother was killed by a car, so my friends kindly took care of her. She was well fed and had 44,000 acres to roam around in and be safe. Enjoy!


  1. Posted August 25, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Oh god, I’ve died from the cuteness.
    Those eyelashes!

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 25, 2014 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

      I noticed that too! What gorgeous eyelashes!

  2. Posted August 25, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Sooooo cute!

  3. Diana MacPherson
    Posted August 25, 2014 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    That baby cheetah is all face!

  4. jimgorton
    Posted August 25, 2014 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    I mentioned my Cheetah moment (stroking and hearing a purr some time ago. But, hearing a cat which can’t roar; knowing the “narrowness” …? of the cheetah’s gene pool and knowing that they are easily trained. Could it be, Professor Ceiling Cat, that the current cheetahs have been speciated by first – domestication and then – going feral?

    • microraptor
      Posted August 26, 2014 at 10:30 am | Permalink

      Given how hard they are to breed in captivity and how long cheetah fossils have been found in their historic range (including regions of Africa and Asia where they’ve recently become locally extinct), that seems doubtful.

      • jimgorton
        Posted August 26, 2014 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

        I was thinking particularly of the extreme monomorphism which suggest either an island species combined with a global extinction or an artificially constrained gene pool perhaps by domestication.

        We need a speciation expert on this one.


        • microraptor
          Posted August 26, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

          My understanding of the cheetah’s genetic bottleneck is that it is believed to have occurred during the last ice age. That would put your proposed domestication period at roughly the same time as humans domesticated dogs. It seems dubious to me that any species could be so thoroughly domesticated as to cause such a genetic bottleneck that severe, then become a completely wild animal for thousands of years and only become tamed (not domesticated) in historic time.

  5. Diane G.
    Posted August 25, 2014 at 5:39 pm | Permalink


    • jimgorton
      Posted August 25, 2014 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

      Yes. Cute. And maybe we bred them to be cute. Neotenization is such fun.._> (Cubist emoticon. Implies that cheetahs are cute from any angle.

  6. Posted August 26, 2014 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    Cuteness doesn’t move me much, but whatever that cub has, consider me moved.:-)

    • darrelle
      Posted August 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm | Permalink


      • jimgorton
        Posted August 26, 2014 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

        I love chutzpah.

        Like when a d*g and a cat are in a room and you discover a mess, the d*g cowers and the cat rubs your leg and says

        “it’s his.”


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