Friday, May 7, 2010

I Want One

The National Zoo has just released a series of photos of the two clouded leopard cubs born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, on Valentine’s Day.  Apparently, the zoo staff has only recently been able to determine that both cubs, which are considered to be quite valuable from a genetic perspective, are male. 

From the Zoo's Flickr feed: "The cubs are now eating up to 88 grams of feline diet, two times per day, in addition to formula. The cubs are growing at a steady and healthy rate—the larger cub weighs 4 pounds and 9 ounces and the smaller cub weighs 4 pounds and 7 ounces. In addition, the cubs now 'chuff,' which can be described as a puffing sound and is considered a sign of recognition.  They are very playful—rolling around and chasing each other—after each feeding."

Too bad they aren't on display at the actual zoo in D.C.  So instead, I'll have to make do with these pictures. Wow, they're cute!!


  1. Yes, they sure are. The bad news is that they GROW! LOL! Hopefully, they will be at the zoo soon=0)

    Have a great weekend,