WASHINGTON — A nearly 3-week-old baby cheetah that was abandoned by its mother and bottle-fed at the National Zoo’s facility in Virginia has found a new home with a cheetah foster mom and her cubs in Southern Oregon.

Officials with the National Zoo’s sister facility — the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia — said the baby cheetah made it safely to its new home at the Wildlife Safari in Winston, south of Roseburg, where it met its new cheetah family and is doing well.

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A wonderful facility.

40 years ago, when I was an Investigator in the Lane County DA's Office in Eugene, I rescued a young mail lion some idiot had confined to a small cage to show off to girlfriend. The lion was beginning to show rickets, caused by being fed exclusively Blue Mountain Cat food.

I got to help carry the sedated cat down a hill into Wildlife Safari's truck. They did a wonderful job building a pride around him in southern Oregon.

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