HOUSTON –- The Houston Zoo welcomed two clouded leopard cubs to the family on Friday, the zoo announced Monday.
The male cubs were born after an unassisted, one-hour labor. The zoo’s chief veterinarian looked them over, and zookeepers began steps to hand-raise the cubs.
The cubs have not yet been given names.
The zoo said the cubs are a result of the first pregnancy for two-year-old Suksn, who gave birth in a private den off-exhibit.
The pair will remain behind-the-scenes for several months while they continue to grow.
According to the zoo, the clouded leopard is unusual among the world’s cat species.
"They are the smallest of the large cats, have the largest canine teeth in proportion to their body size of any other cat species, and their coat is striking, yet so well blended for their habitat, that they are extremely difficult to see," the zoo said in a press release.