Saturday, March 13, 2010

Clouded Leopard Cubs at the National Zoo: Photos, Videos and High Cute Levels

"Clouded Leopard Cub Photos"
National Zoo, Virginia campus (March 12, 2010)

"Check out photos of clouded leopards born at the Zoo's Virginia campus in 2009 and 2010. Last updated March 12, 2010."

That's a photo of one of them. There's more on the page, and video. Those clouded leopard kittens are cute as - kittens. With very thin, high meows. More of a squeak.

More, from another page on the National Zoo's website:

"Clouded Leopards Born at Zoo's Virginia Campus on Valentine's Day
February 2010
National Zoo

"A clouded leopard at the National Zoo's campus in Front Royal, Virginia, gave birth to a genetically valuable litter of two cubs on Valentine's Day—February 14. Staff had been on a pregnancy watch of three-and-a-half-year-old Jao Chu for four days. She gave birth to the first cub at 6:04 p.m. and the second cub at 6:20 p.m. At birth, the cubs weighed a little more than a half pound.

"The birth represents the third time Jao Chu and the cubs' father, three-and-a-half-year-old Hannibal, have produced offspring. On March 24, 2009, Jao Chu gave birth to two males—Sa Ming ('brave warrior') and Ta Moon ('mischievous child'). Nearly four months later, she gave birth to a female cub Baylie July 9, 2009. Jao Chu and Hannibal were born in Thailand in a collaborative breeding and research program with the Zoological Park Organization of Thailand...."

From the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park's YouTube account, another set of clouded leopard cubs:

"Clouded Leopard Cubs - June 2009"

SmithsonianNZP, YouTube (June 15, 2009)
video, 1:07 (no sound)

"The two boys are now three months old, mobile and rambunctious!..."

"Clouded Leopard Cubs at Two Weeks Old"

SmithsonianNZP, YouTube (April 9, 2009)
video, 1:54 (with sound)

"The clouded leopard cubs born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center (CRC) are both male as confirmed by the veterinary team. The cubs, born on March 24...."

That should take care of your 'cute' needs for a while.
A tip of the hat to mstoneman, on Twitter, for the heads-up on the photos & videos page.

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