The Squee! meter just hit the red zone.
Say hello to baby cheetahs Thabo ("Joy") and Tendai ("Thankful"), Busch Gardens Tampa's newest animal additions.
They're 3 months old and could not possibly be any cuter.
I can feel my blood sugar rising just looking at them.
You can look at them for now at Edge of Africa exhibit or by taking a behind the scenes tour of the park's Animal Care Center.
Eventually, the cubs will join the rest of Busch Gardens Tampa's cheetahs in the exhibit associated with the Cheetah Hunt rollercoaster. The coaster, launched in 2011, spends most of this time running horizontally, weaving and turning with the speed and agility of its namesake. Three launchers along the route keep the cars powering along.
The cheetahs were born in November. When they're mature, they may become part of Busch Gardens' breeding program aimed at preserving the cats, which are shrinking in numbers in their home on the Serengeti Plain of Africa.
Cheetahs are listed as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and as a threatened species by the US Endangered Species Act.
Thabo and Tendai were born as part of Busch Gardens' role in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan, which manages threatened or endangered species populations within AZA-accredited facilities.