Against all odds, two clouded leopard cubs were born at the National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center in Virginia.
In captivity, these endangered leopards usually give in to murderous tendencies during the breeding process. Either the male will kill the female when placed together to mate, or if mating is successful, the mother leopard will kill her cubs accidentally or intentionally.
But yesterday, caretakers discovered the two cubs with Jao Chu, the mother leopard. The babies will be hand raised by zookeepers to guarantee their safety and survival.
In the wild, clouded leopards are native to southeast Asia. Their population has dwindled due to hunting for their pelts.
For more information, see: Washington Post