Clouded leopard born this week at Point Defiance doing well

adam.lynn@thenewstribune.comMay 4, 2013 

An endangered clouded leopard cub born this week at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma is receiving round-the-clock care from zookeepers, zoo officials said Thursday.

The male cub was born Wednesday to Chai Li, an adult female who has produced three litters of cubs. The cub weighed about half a pound when born and appears healthy.

“We are delighted with the birth of this cub,” said Karen Goodrowe Beck, the zoo’s general curator. “Clouded leopard cubs are very endangered, and every one is a precious addition to the population.”

Zookeepers are bottle feeding the cub to help its chances of survival, zoo officials said.

A Sumatran tiger cub born at the zoo about two weeks ago also is being hand reared.

The female cub, which was about 2.5 pounds when born, now weighs a little more than 6 pounds and appears to be thriving, zoo officials said.

Neither cub has been named yet, nor put on public display. Zoo officials said they will make an announcement soon about how they will pick names and when the public can view the cubs.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644 adam.lynn@thenewstribune.com @TNTadam

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