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Snow leopard cub born at Seneca Park Zoo

Snow leopard cub born at Seneca Park Zoo Photo: Seneca Park Zoo.

Created: April 17, 2021 03:03 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Seneca Park Zoo has a new arrival: a snow leopard cub.

The birth was announced on Saturday by Monroe County Executive Adam Bello. 

“While we’re cautiously optimistic and excited for this new addition to the Seneca Park Zoo, we also recognize the intense care and attention the new snow leopard cub will be receiving at this critical time,” said County Executive Bello in a press release. “I want to thank Zoo Director Steve Lacy, Dr. Louis DiVincenti, David Hamilton and the entire staff at the Seneca Park Zoo for their incredible dedication and attention to the new cub, and am hopeful that they will be successful in raising him.”

The baby, who has not yet been named, will be hand-raised. While usually a last resort, the decision was made after considering Timila's behavior and the cub's welfare, said Dr. Louis DiVincenti, the zoo's Director of Animal Health. 

“Although Timila gave birth in her nest box and appeared to be caring for the cub in the morning, it became clear that animal care staff needed to intervene at the end of the day. When the cub was examined, he was hypothermic and dehydrated, so the difficult decision to hand raise him was made,” said Zoo Director Steve Lacy. 

This is Timila's second litter with the 10-year-old leopard male Kaba. Snow leopards are listed as a vulnerable species and the Seneca Park Zoo works with the Snow Leopard Trust to support conservation efforts aimed at addressing issues such as climate change, poaching, and human-wildlife conflicts.

The zoo and Monroe County say they will provide further updates on the health of the new cub and Timila as it becomes available. 

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