Cheetah cub at Dallas zoo dies from pneumonia

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Zoo says one of its cheetah cubs has died after battling pneumonia.

The 6-month old cub, Kamau (ka-MOWH), and his brother Winspear became sick a week ago and had been treated by the zoo’s veterinary staff.

While Winspear started to recover, Kamau became sicker and died Tuesday afternoon.

The two cubs were born on July 8 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., and had become favorites of people who visited the zoo.

Both cubs had been vaccinated against both canine and feline distemper and other respiratory illnesses. Officials say other cats at the zoo are healthy.

Zoo officials say the cubs’ puppy companion, a black Labrador retriever named Amani, shows no sign of illness. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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