Two snow leopard cubs are the latest additions to an Ohio zoo -- and they’re twins!
One male and one female cub were born on April 14, 2014 to 5-year-old mom Shanti and 11-year-old dad Roscoe. The cubs are the couple’s second litter during their time at the Akron Zoo, according to the zoo’s director of marketing David Barnhardt.
When they were first born, they each weighed about a pound and a half. At six weeks, they opened their eyes, and as of May 27, they each weigh about 6 pounds.
Their prenatal development was controlled in a way that’s unique to Akron Zoo. According to the zoo's press release, the staff trained Shanti to sit while they performed ultrasounds during her first pregnancy. The training came in handy during her pregnancy with the twins -- it helped her avoid anesthesia and let the staff monitor the twin cubs closely before they were even born.
Now that they’re here, they have a few more weeks with their mom and staff indoors, but will be on exhibit starting in late June or early July, according to the press release.
Snow leopards are an endangered species, with less than 150 in the U.S. Species Survival Plan and only an estimated 4,000 in the wild.
Neither of the twin cubs has a name yet. In fact, the zoo is holding a naming contest for them in a few weeks, according to a press release. What would you name these adorable little ones?
Watch these cubs grow: