3-Week-Old Clouded Leopard Cubs Make Their Debut at Washington State Zoo

Triplet clouded leopard cubs sleep the night before they made their public debut at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington Friday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium)
Triplet clouded leopard cubs sleep the night before they made their public debut at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington Friday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium)

Three-week-old clouded leopard cubs made their debut at a Washington State zoo today.

The triplets, two boys and a girl, were born March 30 at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma and are “growing fast,” the zoo said on Facebook. They require round-the-clock care and six feedings a day, according to the zoo, which described the cubs’ condition as “healthy.”

Several hundred people have showed up to the zoo to see the cubs during a feeding today, said Karen Povey, the zoo’s education curator, adding that they “melt everyone’s hearts.”

“There’s lots of enthusiasm for their big debut,” Povey said, calling the interest “terrific.”

Povey said she hopes people connect with the cubs so they’re inspired to help conservation efforts in the future.

ABC affliate KOMO in Seattle posted a 360-degree video of the cubs during a feeding Thursday.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Julia Jacobo