Cuteness overload: Ellen Trout Zoo welcomes 2 Clouded Leopard cubs

Source: Ellen Trout Zoo
Source: Ellen Trout Zoo

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin's Ellen Trout Zoo has two new Clouded Leopard cubs.

Gordon Henley, the zoo's director, said that this birth is the first for the Clouded Leopard species at Ellen Trout Zoo.

"Clouded Leopards have been cared for by the Ellen Trout Zoo since 1984," Henley said. "However, this birth is the first for this species on Lufkin. The cubs, a male and a female, are being hand-reared, following the Association of Zoos and Aquariums SSP protocols."

Henley said the cubs' parents arrived at the Ellen Trout Zoo in August of 2016 when they were six months old.

The Clouded Leopard species is endangered, according to Henley.

"Clouded Leopards are beautiful, medium-sized, secretive cats that inhabit dense jungles in Southeast Asia," Henley said. "They are classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service."

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