Born yesterday

March 8, 2012 • 8:57 am

Alert reader Michael sends us a lovely video of two healthy clouded leopard cubs (an endangered species) that were born yesterday at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington. It’s short but sweet:

Clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa) are, in my view, one of the three most beautiful species of felid in the world (tigers and snow leopards are the others). You can read about the new cubs at the zoo’s website, and Greg and I have posted several times about this species (here, here, here, and here).

19 thoughts on “Born yesterday

    1. The zoo’s website says it’s for the cub’s safety although it doesn’t go into detail. I guess careful rearing by humans might be a better way of ensuring they grow to healthy adulthood.

  1. The feeling we all have at seeing this baby clouded leopard is just another indication of the presence and power of evolution. Both babies and helplessness trigger our instinctive protective nature. Its an inter-species thing.

  2. Very beautiful. Sad that zoos are doing this captive breeding before actual ecological issues (habitat loss, poaching, climate change) are addressed in an adequate manner. Zoos should take in the nonreleaseables instead.

  3. I just listened to a podcast in which a scientist described the gut flora of seals, how contact with the mother plays a role in which species comprise it… I wonder how the health of these bottle-fed animal babies is affected.

    1. Many livestock babies reared apart from their mothers are still fed the all important colostrum from the mother’s first milk. Probably not that easy to get colostrum from a clouded leopard, tho!

  4. I’m all for the black panther (no surprise there), so I would rank either leopard high.

    And kawaii!

  5. My impression, from watching Animal Planet, is that several generations of clouded leopards have been hand raised in captivity. Perhaps to the point that that is the new normal. On one of the programs, the guy just walked up to the clouded leopard mom and carried them away. No reaction on her part. Are clouded leopards becoming domesticated?

  6. My nomination for the most beautiful specie in the world is the Naked Mole-Rat. Well anyway it’s the most interesting.

  7. Specie is money. A single biological species is species, not specie. unless you can get a grant.;-)

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