Akron Zoo Welcomes Snow Leopard Cubs

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AKRON Ohio — The Akron Zoo announced two new additions to their family, and these boys are history makers.
 
According to David Barnhardt with the Akron Zoo, two male snow leopard cubs were born on May 14, 2012.
 
Barnhardt says the cubs are healthy and in seclusion with their mother.
 
The cubs are the first snow leopards ever born at the Akron Zoo.
 
 
The cubs will remain indoors until they go onto exhibit, most likely at the end of July or early August.
 
Barnhardt says that snow leopards are an endangered species and only nine cubs have been born this year that are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) in the United States.
 
The cubs mother, Shanti, who is a first time mother, has been very attentive to the cubs and has been caring for them on her own, according to Barnhardt.
 
The cubs currently weigh about 6 lbs.; at birth they weighed around 2 lbs. each. They are able to walk and are starting to climb.