Clouded leopard cubs are both male, National Zoo says
The two endangered clouded leopard cubs that were born in the National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center in late March are both male, the zoo has announced. The Washington Post reports:
Clouded leopards present major challenges to those attempting to breed them in captivity, in part because males often attack their potential mates. Female clouded leopards also have a tendency to kill their young, either intentionally or unintentionally, shortly after birth.
The cubs' birth is the result of the first successful clouded leopard breeding in any zoo in North America in six years. The National Zoo hailed it as especially important because the cubs' genes come from outside the captive clouded leopard population. Their parents, Hannibal and Jao Chu, were brought to the U.S. from Thailand.
Another picture of a cub during the examination after the jump.
-- Lindsay Barnett
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