Clouded leopard gives birth to two cubs at Point Defiance Zoo (Photo)

By on Jun 16, 2011 in Animals, United States Comments

A clouded leopard gave birth to two cubs at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, as shown in the photo below.



One of the two clouded leopard cubs born
at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma

Image Credit: PDZA.org

As announced by Point Defiance Zoo on its official website that day, a clouded leopard named Chai Li gave birth to two healthy cubs but their genders have not yet been identified.

“There is nothing cuter than clouded leopard cubs,” Point Defiance Zoo staff and biologist Andy Goldfarb said on the report.

“They appear healthy and are doing well.” Goldfarb added, who has been working with exotic cats for 25 years.

Apparently, their birth was said to be bringing to only eight clouded leopard cubs born this year in the US as clouded leopards were said to be very rare in a zoo and in the wild.

With this, Chai Li‘s pregnancy was watched closely by the zoo staff for the last 24 hours since it was said to be too young to be a mother.

According to the report, Chai Lai (pronounced as chai-lye) is only about 23 months old and is as young as the cub’s father named Nah Fun (pronounced as “nahfoon”).

Both adult clouded leopards were born at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Thailand and were put together when they were five days old for future breeding, and were brought to Tacoma last year.

Meanwhile, the two clouded leopard cubs were said to be weighing half a pound each and will be hand-raised by zoo staff since Chai Li has no experience yet in being a mother.

Later, both clouded leopard cubs will be transferred to the new cub den of the zoo where visitors can see them up close and personal while they are young.

The public will also be invited to a name contest for the cubs once they are safely settled in their new home, as the total number of living clouded leopards is unknown and noted to be very hard to study.



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