Remember Mowgli, the clouded leopard cub at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo? Well, he’s growing up, and part of growing up means going through the rite of passage that is engaging in fierce battle with a giant blue yoga ball.

At first it seemed as though the two contenders were equally matched.

Things grew tense as the yoga ball gained the upper hand.


But in the end, Mowgli triumphed!

To the victor go the spoils, in the form of cuddles.


It would be easy to rest on your laurels after such a victory.

But Mowgli is mighty! He is his own leopard, and he will not be tamed!


And there’s video!