Amur leopard cubs Roman and Rafferty are pictured in their enclosure at Utah's Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City on Thursday, during their first encounter with zoo guests.Comment on this story
The cubs were born Feb. 17 to Zeya, and both have white toes on their front feet. Rafferty — whose name means one who possess prosperity — and Roman — whose name means strong and powerful — recently weighed in at 12 and 13 pounds, respectively. Zookeepers say the pair have been bonding with their mom and learning the basics of climbing and jumping.
Last June, Zeya escaped from the Asian Highlands Exhibit, prompting officials to shelter visitors and employees inside the gift shop and other buildings. She was tranquilized and safely returned to her enclosure.
According to zoo officials, experts estimate only 60 Amur leopards remain in the wild.
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