Spot the jaguar cubs
Fri, 18 May 2012 1:57p.m.
San Diego Zoo keepers are showing off a pair of three-week-old jaguar cubs.
They are quickly revealing their personalities; the male is taking after their laid-back dad, Guapo, while the female has a more spirited character like their feistier mother, Nindiri.
The as-yet unnamed siblings will remain out of public view in a den at the Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey for a few more months.
Once the cubs are more mobile, their mother will have the opportunity to take them to a cave where the public will be able to see the cubs' development.
The arrival of the cubs is a rarity for the zoo, says senior keeper Nicole Johnston.
"We're very excited about this, we're ecstatic. We haven't had babies here in 30 years," she said.
Although the two youngsters may look adorable, jaguars can range from 30kg to 110kg. Jaguars are the largest cat in the Western Hemisphere and the third largest of the world's cats.
The South American native word for jaguar, yaguara, means "animal that kills in a single bound".
Unfortunately, demand for the jaguar's beautiful rosette-covered fur is one of the reasons this species is endangered. They also suffer from loss of habitat and human-animal conflicts have reduced jaguar populations throughout their range from North America through South America.
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