- Title: GERMANY: BERLIN ZOO PRESENTS SNOW LEOPARD CUBS
- Date: 6th August 2004
- Summary: (L!1) BERLIN, GERMANY (AUGUST 6, 2004) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR BERLIN'S TIERPARK ZOO ZOOKEEPERS TAKING SNOW LEOPARD CUBS OUT OF BASKET LEOPARD CUBS IN ENCLOSURE VISITORS WATCHING LEOPARD CUBS ON BASKET ZOOKEEPER PUTTING CUBS ONTO TREE CUBS SITTING ON TREE (SOUNDBITE) (German) PETRA SCHROEDER, ZOOKEEPER SAYING: "This is a breeding success and here in Berlin we are very happy with this mother to have cubs for the third time. The first time it was a single cub, then we swapped partners and now dad is Omar and we had two female cubs and this time it's two male cubs." SNOW LEOPARD CUB (SOUNDBITE) (German) PETRA SCHROEDER, ZOOKEEPER SAYING: "They are only temporarily separated from their mother because she does not get along too well with the media people. At all other times they are with their mother who takes beautiful care of them. They already have their milk teeth and eat meat but they still drink mothers milk. This is the transition as they grow up to be wild cats which eat meat." VISITORS WATCHING FROM BEHIND FENCE SNOW LEOPARD CUBS SITTING ON TREE
- Embargoed: 21st August 2004 13:00
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Environment,Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVA4J8LYU13ASJ4E9P2M6OV1IB3W
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- Story Text: Berlin Zoo presents his newest addition: two snow leopard cubs.
Makan and his brother Nanshan were born on May 19 and proudly posed for cameras on Friday (August 6) during a brief separation from their mother.
"They are only temporarily separated from their mother because she does not get along too well with the media people," zookeeper Petra Schroeder told reporters with a chuckle.
Eight-year-old mother Sayan arrived in Berlin several years ago from the Scottish capital of Edinburgh where she was born.
Her five-year-old partner Omar and the father of the two little fury balls came to Berlin from the Estonian capital of Tallinn.
According to the German environmental organisation NABU, because of poaching, only some 4,500 animals of the snow leopard species are alive today.
"This is a breeding success and here in Berlin we are very happy with this mother to have babies for the third time," Schroeder said.
According to Schroeder, Makan and Nanshan already have their milk teeth and eat meat but they still drink their mother's milk.
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