TIL When a cheetah only has one cub that cub almost always dies of starvation; the nursing demands of a single cub do not stimulate the mother sufficiently and she dries up and the cub starves.

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  1. Why is this so much different from other critters? In some birds, for example, its evolutionarily beneficial to be the only chick in the nest. You get all of your parents energy.

    You would think that this would tend to be beneficial, as the cub would get more nutrition. Why would they evolve to shut down from a single cub’s hunger instead of two?

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