Caturday felids: snow leopard twins

Okay, the music is cheesy but the cats are adorable. Cubs (a male and female) born on May 25 at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo.

The snow leopard (Panthera uncia), also known as the ounce, is a denizen of the mountains of central Asia. With its camouflaging cream-colored fur, speckled with black rosettes, it’s surely one of the world’s most beautiful cats. Its thick coat (most evident on the tail) and large paws are adaptations to the high-altitude mountain habitat. But these adaptations, and its beauty, have been the ounce’s downfall: hunted heavily to make hats and coats, only about 3500-7000 of these cats remain in the wild.

and when younger:

Just in (thanks to reader Sean): It must be snow leopard week, because there’s a nice video of a newborn snow leopard cub, named Yukichi, in Japan.

If you have a special cat, or just an ordinary moggie, send me a photo and a short description (my email is easily found on the web), and I’ll consider it for a Caturday Felid.

5 Comments

  1. newenglandbob
    Posted September 5, 2009 at 4:27 am | Permalink

    The music isn’t cheesy, its just inappropriate and irrelevant.

    I didn’t expect to hear the cubs’ voices sound like birds chirping.

    • Flaffer
      Posted September 5, 2009 at 11:06 am | Permalink

      I agree. Is that the only vocalizations? I would assume not but am curious if the snow leopard’s vocalizations are much different then other cats.

  2. Posted September 5, 2009 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    That’s my zoo!

    I should pretend I once got to take care of snow leopard cubs to make Jerry jealous, but I never did. The adult snow leopards did the job just fine.

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted September 5, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

      As an ex-zoo-person are you allowed to go back and pet the cubs???

  3. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted September 5, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    “That’s not a cat. *There’s* a cat!”


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