Monday, December 15, 2014

Cute emergency: Central Florida says bye-bye to its clouded leopard cub

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 6:09 PM

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Cue the teary-face emoji: Tola, the super-cute clouded leopard cub born at the Central Florida Zoo in April, has moved on to her new home, the Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas. (That's her on the left, above, hanging out with her mom, Nimbus.) Tola's parents, Cirrus and Nimbus, came to the zoo from Thailand in 2012; Tola is their first furry baby. The birth was a success for the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Species Survival Plan, which works to breed species that are vanishing from the wild.

The Zoo tells us that "clouded leopards are related to lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards and snow leopards. They are excellent climbers with short and flexible legs, large paws and sharp claws. Their tails can be as long as their bodies, further aiding in balance. The clouded leopard is a superb arboreal hunter. It can leap 4.5 m (almost 15 feet!) from one branch to another. Its climbing skills are impressive: It can climb down a tree trunk headfirst, like a squirrel, traverse horizontally on the underside of a branch, like a sloth, and hang from a branch using only its hind legs, leaving its forelegs free to grab prey" but all we can hear is BLAH BLAH BLAH OMG ADORABLE LOOK AT THOSE PAWS.

Nimbus and Cirrus are recommended to breed again (they're only 3 years old), so when the next clouded leopard cub arrives, count on us to let you know so you can get out to Sanford before it moves away.



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