This litter of four (four!) Clouded Leopard cubs was born at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington just two weeks ago, and they recently had a check-up to make sure they were all still healthy and strong.
These cubs were born to Chai-Li (mum) and Nah-Fun (dad).
Litter sizes for Clouded Leopards typically range from one to five cubs, though the average litter size is three. Clearly, these cubs are above average.
The cubs are being hand-raised, which is not unusual. Clouded Leopards are the subject of a Species Survival Plan, which helps AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums work together to manage captive populations of endangered or threatened species.
Proceed with caution - the image below might be too much.
The cubs are too young to be on exhibit, and Point Defiance Zoo is not yet ready to give them names. You can bet I’ll let you know when they are.
I can’t even pretend to be giving you any more facts at this point. Too much cute.
My productivity today has basically just drained away.
This wouldn’t be a problem if my job were to handle fuzzy little clouds like these.
Tacoma has got to be pretty nice this time of year, right?
And lookee here, there’s video! I’ll just go check the job listings in Tacoma, shall I?