Tiny Leopard Cubs Shatter Hearts in New York

Two baby snow leopards made their debut at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY, recently — and the handsome duo are sure to be real heartbreakers.

The yet-to-be-named males, who are the first snow leopard cubs born at the zoo in 14 years, arrived June 14 to parents Zena and Senge. The youngsters will now be on exhibit for a couple of hours each day, with special mesh used to "baby proof" their habitat.

Snow leopards can leap farther than any other cat (more than 40 feet in one jump), according to the zoo. The species is found in the mountains of countries like Afghanistan, China, Nepal and Russia. It is estimated that there are about 4,000 to 6,500 snow leopards left in the wild. The good news is that the animals are perfectly adapted to cold landscapes, so they should do just fine in the snowy tundra of Syracuse!


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