Rare leop­ard cubs wel­comed to world

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­group.co.uk

THEY are one of the rarest of all big cat species but now there are two more amur leop­ards af­ter the birth of two cubs at the Wildlife Her­itage Foun­da­tion in Smar­den.

Out of just 30 left in the wild it is thought there are only seven fe­males. One of the Smar­den cubs is def­i­nitely male, and ex­cited staff and vol­un­teers at the big cat breed­ing cen­tre think – and hope – the other is fe­male.

The cubs are now eight weeks old and have been named Ar­gun and Anuy af­ter trib­u­taries of the Amur River, which forms part of the bor­der be­tween China and Rus­sia.

Amur leop­ard cubs Ar­gun and Anuy when they were five weeks old. They were born on Oc­to­ber 12, 2008, at the Wildlife Her­itage Foun­da­tion, Smar­den

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