This Cheetah Gave Birth to a Record Number of Cubs & Spoiler — They're All Adorable

By Kayleigh Roberts

Some literal record-breaking cuteness has happened at the St. Louis Zoo, where a cheetah named Bingwa gave birth to a litter of eight cubs. Yep, eight is the record, according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the 4-year-old cheetah mom is now in the record books. Since "bingwa" means "champion" in Swahili, it shouldn't have surprised anyone that she broke the record.

To put Bingwa's miracle into perspective, the average cheetah litter is 3-4 cubs, so she didn't just break a record, she lapped the average cheetah mom. And, yeah, each and every one of the cubs is adorable (but you already knew that, right?).

Three-Week Old Cheetah Cubs

Now that the “cats are out of the bag,” we are happy to share a more recent video of the eight cheetah cubs. Here they are at three weeks old with mom, Bingwa. The cheetah family is bonding in their maternity den behind the scenes, and we will keep you updated on the cubs’ progress. stlzoo.org/cheetahcubs

Posted by Saint Louis Zoo on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

"For the first time in Saint Louis Zoo history, a cheetah has given birth to eight cheetah cubs," the zoo wrote on Facebook. "The cubs, three males and five females, were born at the Saint Louis Zoo River's Edge Cheetah Breeding Center on November 26, 2017. Mother and cubs are doing well and will remain in their private, indoor maternity den behind the scenes at River's Edge for the next several months."

The zoo recently shared an update on the cubs, who are still thriving and enjoying life as adorable furballs.