Adorable Endangered Leopard Cub Born In Captivity

CENPublished: September 5, 2016Updated: September 6, 2016439 views
Published: September 5, 2016Updated: September 6, 2016

This adorable leopard cub is one of the animals born at a zoo park that is in the midst of a "baby boom".

The Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) has just been born in Bioparc Valencia, a zoo located in the city of Valencia, in the eastern Spanish region of the same name. The cub, whose sex is still unknown, is being looked after its mother inside the enclosure.

The Sri Lanka leopard has orange fur and dark spots and whose beauty "has become a prized trophy for poachers", according to the press statement published by Bioparc. In fact, around 50,000 animals died in the early 60s in eastern Africa due to the demand for their fur.

This cub is a new addition to the group of three leopards, one male and two females, which live at the Bioparc now.

The cub’s mother, who is called Ines and is 10 years old, arrived at the Valencian park in December 2007 from Burger’s Zoo Arnhem in the Netherlands. The father, who is called Negombo and is 11, came from the La Palmyre Zoo in France. Births in this species can happen at any time of the year and can be up to two broods.

In this case, only one cub was born. Its sex is still unknown because zoo keepers do not want to disturb its "extremely protective" mother. The zoo keepers are keeping their distance and are only observing to make sure that the mother and cub appear healthy. After birth, the mother and cub will spend some time inside the enclosure.

In fact, even in the video of the mother nursing her cub, she can be seen showing her teeth as an early warning to the cameraman not to approach further. The park also released a video of the cub alone growling and walking in the cage.

The leopard is only one of the endangered species born in Bioparc this year. Last month, an Eastern Bongo (Tragelaphus euryceros isaaci) was born and, a few days ago, a second gorilla was born.

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