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The EDP says: Leopard cubs a cause for joy

PUBLISHED: 15:40 06 October 2017

Sri Lankan leopard Sariska with one of her two new cubs at Banahm Zoo. Picture: Courtesy of Helen Sherratt

Sri Lankan leopard Sariska with one of her two new cubs at Banahm Zoo. Picture: Courtesy of Helen Sherratt

Helen Sherratt

The arrival of a new baby is always a cause for celebration, and with twins the joy is doubled.

So it is no wonder that the team at Norfolk’s Banham Zoo are so buoyant - the zoo’s female Sri Lankan leopard, Sariska, has given birth to two cubs - the first time big cats of their subspecies have been born there in a decade.

And according to animal manager Mike Woolham, Sariska’s path to motherhood was not an easy one to tread - male leopard Mias had been notoriously reluctant to breed.

READ MORE: Pair of endangered Sri Lankan leopards born at Banham Zoo

But the coupling finally happened, and the two new cubs are reportedly doing well.

However, there are sadly fewer than 1,000 Sri Lankan leopards left in the wild.

Let these new arrivals be a reminder of nature’s fragility, and the need to do more to save endangered species everywhere.

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