I am pretty sure everybody must have seen the movie Kungfu Panda, so do you remember the aggressive Tai Lung? Well, he is a Snow Leopard, pretty cool? Snow leopards are one of the most vulnerable animals on the face of this planet. Their numbers have declined due to hunting, poaching, global warming, habitat loss, etc. But there’s some good news, Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park has been blessed with 3 Snow Leopard Cubs.
Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Highland Wildlife Park in the Cairngorms, Scotland is the place where the three cubs have been born. The mother of the cubs named Animesh is nursing the cubs, but the cubs are now 7 weeks old and have started exploring the enclosure.
Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Highland Wildlife Park’s staff is absolutely thrilled by the birth of 3 snow leopard cubs but says that the cubs are still at a very delicate stage.
Snow leopards are elusive and solitary animals so the dad of the cubs named Chan is living separately while the mother is with her cubs.
It is believed that there are less than 2700 Snow Leopards in the wild.
Animesh and Chan are part of a European Breeding Program, which means that with every birth there is a chance that future generations can be reintroduced into the wild.
Some Facts About the Snow Leopard:
- Snow Leopards are the only big cats that can easily survive the cold deserts of Asia.
- They have been given the title of Ghost of the mountains because they are solitary and rarely seen.
- They have a thick coat of fur, which makes them fit for survival in extreme weather conditions.
- Snow Leopards cannot roar, they growl or meow.
- A snow leopard was recorded for living at the altitude of 5859 meters above sea level, this is the highest altitude ever recorded for big cats.
- They can kill animals thrice their own body weight.
- Their thick tail helps maintain the balance of the whole body and also protects them from harsh weather conditions.