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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Meet Cheewit





It's hard to believe, but we now have a total of six clouded leopards at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium now! Four of these cats have arrived within the last six months. Three of them - imported from Thailand - were profiled here previously. Two, Chai Lai and Nah Fun, came to us already paired and continue to have strong bonds with one another. The third is Jao Ying, a three year old female. Now Jao Ying has been joined by young Cheewit, a six month old cub born at Smithsonian's National Zoo. They have already been introduced and are getting along so well that they now spend the entire day together. This is a great sign that they are on their way to becoming a bonded pair that will breed in the future. (Cheewit won't be old enough until he is about two.)

When Cheewit isn't hanging out with Jao Ying, he visits the animal exercise yard at Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater for playtime with zoo staff members. Because he was hand-raised, Cheewit is very well socialized and has a great time showing off his wicked good climbing skills for zoo guests. We'll get some video posted of him soon!

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