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APR
12

Sleeping Clouded Leopard Cub Is The Best Thing You'll See All Day

Sleeping Clouded Leopard Cub Is The Best Thing You'll See All Day

The Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL just released this insanely adorable video of twin clouded leopard cubs, born on February 29th.  These two gorgeous girls, Aiya and Shigu, are making their first explorations of the outside world, a crucial stage in the development of clouded leopards, who are among the smallest of the big cats.

Clouded leopards are listed as a "vulnerable" species, due to human encroachment--in the form of poaching and deforestation--on their native Southeast Asian forest habitats, which is why breeding them in captivity is considered an essential step in their long-term preservation.

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The two petite beauties at the Lowry Zoo are expected to weigh between 30 and 60 pounds when fully grown and measure about five feet from tip to tail.  They're shy around humans (and rightfully so), but check out the video below to catch a rare glimpse of a napping cub.  And feel free to "Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!" to your heart's content!

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