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12 African painted dogs born at Cincinnati Zoo

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Posted at 2:28 PM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 14:48:53-04

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is howling with excitement.

Their African painted dog, Imara, gave birth to 12 puppies last week.

Zoo officials said it is rare for a full litter of African painted dogs to survive, but they are optimistic about this group of pups.

The litter is Imara’s second since January 2015, when she gave birth to a litter of 10. 

The newborns are expected to remain behind the scenes for the next several weeks, zoo officials said.