Zoo Miami welcomes clouded leopard cubs

Zoo Miami announced last week the arrival of two very rare clouded leopard cubs. The unnamed 7-month-old male and 5-month-old female arrived last Saturday night and are being temporarily housed at the zoo’s quarantine facility.

The male was born at the Nashville Zoo in Tennessee and the female was born at the National Zoo Conservation and Research Station in Virginia.

Clouded leopards are a very secretive cat found in forests in Southern China, Taiwan and Malaysia. Adults usually weigh between 30 to 50 pounds and they have a very long tail with relatively short legs and large paws to facilitate their frequent arboreal lifestyle.

Their diet includes a variety of birds and mammals, including monkeys, deer and porcupines. Clouded leopards have the longest canine teeth relative to their size of any wild cat.

They are highly endangered over most of their range due to hunting for their attractive pelts that have ceremonial value in a variety of cultures.

-- Miami Herald