Leopard Cubs Spotted At San Diego Zoo

Category: Society / Dec 07, 2012 11:20AM EDT
Two 14-week-old clouded leopard cubs were spotted pouncing, climbing and using each other as trampolines at the San Diego Zoo this week. The rambunctious brothers made their public debut in the Zoo's Neonatal Assisted Care Unit. The cubs arrived earlier in the week from the Nashville Zoo, where a very successful breeding program has helped to increase the population of this critically endangered species Named for its cloud-like spots, the male clouded leopard can weigh up to 50 pounds. This cat is found mostly in the Southeast Asian rain forest and is an excellent swimmer and climber. In fact, the clouded leopard and the margay from South America are the only cat species that can climb down a tree head first, thanks to the flexibility of the ankle joints.