See the cutest baby animals at the Singapore Zoo

More than 600 animals, including a cheetah, were born in Singapore wildlife parks last year.

Wildlife parks in Singapore welcomed more than 600 baby animals last year, including a cheetah and some endangered species native to South-east Asia (SEA).

Saving a cheetah cub, Deka (pictured), was one of the highlights at the Singapore Zoo, said Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) in a press release on Feb 15 that revealed the births.

The zoo, Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and River Safari make up the four parks managed by WRS.

Deka was abandoned by her inexperienced first-time mother after she was born on Oct 3.

Vets and keepers made the decision to save the cub by hand-raising her.

Starting out weak and malnourished, Deka spent her first four days in the animal hospital.

Vets and keepers then worked tirelessly to provide round-the-clock care for the next two months until she was strong enough to be independent, said WRS.

Today, she is an active and healthy juvenile that enjoys sprinting about her play area.

Cheetahs are considered a vulnerable species with only 7,100 left in the wild.

Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, WRS deputy CEO and chief life sciences officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: "Each animal baby born and hatched in our parks is an ambassador in their own right. Individually, they represent their wild counterparts, but collectively they embody the need to conserve not just each individual species but the environment as a whole."

Examples of the threatened SEA animals are the Sunda pangolin, painted terrapin, proboscis monkey, Bali mynah and black-winged starling, WRS said.

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