The National Zoo is now home to a species of cheetah so rare that there are only about 30 such beasts around the world.

Named Bolt, after Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, the King Cheetah cub sports a unique pattern due to a mutation, with dark blotchy spots littering its fur, and dark wide stripes extending from its neck to the tail.

According to zookeper Umar Ashraf, the Southeast African cheetah born in July last year, was the sole survivor of a litter of four.

Bolt did not look any different then but as it grew, the distinct pattern became distinctive.

Zookeepers are now keen to see if Bolt's siblings from its mother's union with another male which its not its father- Flash and Dash, will start developing the same unique patterns that would also make them King Cheetah.

According to Umar, Bolt enjoys "playing" by running alongside the fence of the enclosure with the zookeepers.

Cheetahs are the fastest animal on land and can reach speeds up to 113km per hour.

Source: New Straits Times
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