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Your morning adorable: Leopard cubs at Germany's Hannover Adventure Zoo

July 29, 2009 | 11:38 am

Leopard cubs at the Hannover Adventure Zoo in Germany

A leopard named Saia gave birth to two cubs at Germany's Hannover Adventure Zoo on May 31, and photographer Nigel Treblin got a close-up look at them today. The cubs, which haven't yet been named, weighed slightly more than a pound at birth (average for newborn leopard cubs). As adults, they're likely to weigh about 130 pounds.

Leopards are more comfortable in trees than any other place; they're known not only to hunt by pouncing on prey animals from tree branches, but also for their tendency to drag their kill into trees so they can eat without disruption from scavengers such as hyenas. Fun facts: Leopards are excellent swimmers, and, though they prefer to eat ungulates (hoofed mammals such as antelope) and monkeys, they're also known to eat fish now and then.

More photos of the cubs and their mother after the jump!

Leopard cubs at the Hannover Adventure Zoo in Germany

Leopard cubs at the Hannover Adventure Zoo in Germany

Leopard cubs at the Hannover Adventure Zoo in Germany

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photos: Nigel Treblin / AFP/Getty Images

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