As you all know I am pretty busy these days and haven’t much time for blogging. So bear with me if I come and go a bit. This is the busiest time of my entire study as I am now producing my research paper. It is exciting and challenging, and sometimes I am not at all certain that I will finish in time!!
However since today is friday and there was some adorable news which caught my eye I am taking a break to put up something cute for you all! I had never heard of this particular breed of leopard before, they are very rare and inhabits countries of the Himalayas, southern China, and Taiwan to peninsula Malaysia.
The pair of day-old clouded leopard cubs are hand fed every three hours by the zoo keepers. They are removed from their mother because clouded leopards are sometimes aggressive and kill their cubs.
These were born on Tuesday at the National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Va and are the first to be born at the Center in 16 years. Breeding clouded leopards in captivity has been a challenge, primarily due to male aggression, decreased breeding activity between paired animals, and high cub mortality.
The National Zoo’s team has learned how to reduce the risk of fatal attacks by hand-rearing cubs for socialization and also introducing males to their mates when they are six months old, allowing the pair to grow up together.