2 clouded leopard cubs born at WA zoo



TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Tacoma, Wash., zoo that says it’s one of only three zoos in the country breeding endangered clouded leopards has welcomed two newborn cubs.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium says a female called Chai Li (chai-lye) gave birth to her first litter Tuesday as zoo staff maintained a round-the-clock pregnancy watch. She and the cubs’ father, Nah Fun (nah-foon), were born at a zoo in Thailand.

Zoo biologist Andy Goldfarb says the cubs appear healthy. He adds “there is nothing cuter than clouded leopard cubs.”

Point Defiance says the birth of these cubs brings the total number of clouded leopard cubs born this year in the United States to eight. The zoo says the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo and the Nashville Zoo also breed the cats.

Clouded leopards live mostly in the forests of Southeast Asia.