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Bottle-fed baby leopards make debut in Tacoma

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(Photo: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium)

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Four clouded leopard cubs are now on display at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

The zoo will announce their genders and names next week. The 3-week-old cubs have gained about one pound apiece with regular bottle feedings, and now weigh about 1.7 pounds each.

Visitors can watch them be bottle fed at the Cub Den in the Cats of the Canopy exhibit.

The quadruplets were born May 12.

The News Tribune reports about 90 clouded leopards live in 25 North American facilities. It’s unknown how many clouded leopards exist in the wild because they’re elusive and hard to track.

The Defenders of Wildlife website says the medium-sized cat is named for the large cloud-like spots on its body, which provide camouflage in its forest habitat.

 

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