Rare Snow Leopard Born at Tulsa Zoo

Jun 24, 2013

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa Zoo says an endangered snow leopard cub has been born.

The zoo said Monday that the cub was born on May 10 and is now 7 weeks old.

The animal had two siblings but neither survived. One died when being born and the other died nine days later from an infection.

Zoo officials say the surviving cub, Nico, is doing well.

Nico is being hand-raised by zoo staff because the mother, Sherab, had birth-related complications and the two had to be separated.

The Tulsa Zoo has housed snow leopards since the 1980s and other snow leopard cubs have been born at the facility.

There are only an estimated 4,000 to 6,500 snow leopards left in the wild in northern India and China.