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Two Clouded Leopard cubs on-display at the zoo, represent ongoing conservation efforts

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Posted at 7:19 PM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 08:21:09-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Nashville Zoo is celebrating their latest additions - two Clouded Leopard cubs.

They're only 12 days old and are already on display at the zoo. They make 33 and 34 for the Nashville Zoo, part of their ongoing conservation efforts to keep these cats from going extinct.

"Over the years we have really worked hard, partnering with a couple other zoos as well as how to breed them successfully at our zoo," said Dr. Heather Robertson, Director of Veterinary Services.

The Clouded Leopards are already stealing the show in their enclosed display at the new neonatal animal care room. She says the cubs are not only adorable to, but they also represent a successful breeding program.

Dr. Robertson helped raised the cub's mother, Niran, and says this is a career highlight.

"I cried. And it was just tears of joy. I'm a grandma that's how I felt. Absolutely thrilled. It was history in the making and it also means that the AI [artificial insemination] was truly successful," she said.

The cats get full-time care and enjoy five bottles a day.