Is a cheetah born with spots?

BBC Wildlife's Q&A editor Sarah McPherson discusses cheetah spots. 

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Is a cheetah born with spots?

Cheetah family in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya © Paul Souders/ Getty

 

Yes – and the pattern, as unique to each individual as fingerprints are to humans, stays the same throughout its life.

A cub is quite dark at birth, with tufts of silver-grey fur along its back, helping it to blend into tall grass. This mantle is lost from about three months. 

 

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