Endangered clouded leopards cubs born

April 6, 2011 at 7:49 PM

NASHVILLE, April 6 (UPI) -- Endangered clouded leopards were given a boost in population with the birth of two litters at the Nashville Zoo, zoo authorities say.

Jing Jai, one of the facility's breeding female clouded leopards, gave birth to three cubs but one died shortly after being delivered March 19. The other breeding female, Lom Choy, delivered a single male cub March 22, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Wednesday.

The healthy cubs, each weighing about 8 ounces, are being hand-raised by zoo workers and fed a special feline milk diet that is expected to add roughly a half-pound of weight each week during the next few months.

When the cubs are about 6 months old, each one will be paired up with a potential mate, The Tennessean said.

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