Adorable new pictures show leopard cubs playing in Banham Zoo enclosure
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New pictures of rare leopard cubs enjoying playtime at Banham Zoo have been released.
The adorable images show the Sri Lankan cubs wrestling and playing with their mother, Sariska, in their enclosure at the south Norfolk attraction.
It can also be revealed for the first time that the feisty felines are both male, having had their first veterinary checks in recent days.
The eight-week-old leopards - who have not yet been named - were born to Sariska and her breeding partner, Mias, on June 4, when the attraction was closed during lockdown.
Targeted by hunters for their fur and persecuted as a pest, Sri Lankan leopards are listed as endangered and there are only around 800 left in the wild.
But Sariska and Mias are part of a European breeding programme and helped Banham become the first UK zoo to breed Sri Lankan leopards.
This year marks the second occasion they have had cubs together, after their first two were born in 2017.