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Your morning adorable: What's cuter than a north China leopard cub in a basket? Not much

March 18, 2011 |  7:07 am

North China leopard cub

The battle for the title of cutest animal baby at the Berlin Zoo is a hotly contested one — think wolf pups, a guanaco calf, caracal kittens, African lion cubs and moose calves, all stunningly adorable in their own way — but we think this north China leopard cub gives them all a run for their money.

The cub, a female named Nekama, was born at the zoo in early January but made her official debut before media photographers on Tuesday.

The north China leopard is one of nine recognized leopard subspecies, rather closely resembling its relative the Amur leopard. As an adult, Nekama is likely to weigh around 70 pounds.

See more photos of Nekama after the jump!

North China leopard cub

North China leopard cub

North China leopard cub

North China leopard cub

North China leopard cub

North China leopard cub

North China leopard cub

North China leopard cub

North China leopard cub

North China leopard cub

North China leopard cub

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— Lindsay Barnett

1st-8th photos: Sean Gallup / Getty Images
9th-11th photos: Johannes Eisele / AFP/Getty Images
12th photo: Sean Gallup / Getty Images

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