Snow Leopard cubs born at Colwyn Bay zoo


Dean Jones

STAFF at the Welsh Mountain Zoo are celebrating the birth of two Snow Leopards.

Parents Otilia and Szechuan have been together at the Colwyn Bay zoo for eight years as part of a European breeding programme, and the twin cubs were born on Monday, April 28.

Tom Lawrence, Snow Leopard keeper at the Welsh Mountain Zoo, said: “These births are a great achievement for the Welsh Mountain Zoo – National Zoo of Wales, particularly as these species are so rare and endangered.

“It’s great to have a pair of such playful cubs. It’s been fantastic to watch them grow from little balls of fur to the bundles of energy that they are now.”

The cubs have been named Tom and Jessie, after Sir Tom Jones and Jessie J, two of the headline acts who will be performing at Access All Eirias later this month.

Now 10 weeks old, the cubs are 30-40cm in length and about 5kg in weight, which is one sixth of the size they will eventually grow into.

Snow Leopards are an endangered species and only 4,000 remain in the wild.
Following the birth of the two new cubs, the Zoo will be launching an appeal to raise money to update their current accommodation.

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