Basel Zoo shows off rare snow leopard triplets

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Posted: Jun 15, 2011 4:19 AM
Basel Zoo shows off rare snow leopard triplets

Rare snow leopard triplets have made their first public appearance at Basel Zoo in northwestern Switzerland.

The zoo is showing off the eight-week-old cubs Wednesday alongside their mother, Mayhan and father, Pator.

The pair were matched mid-January through a preservation program run by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria.

Snow leopards are an endangered species and only 4,000-6,000 are believed to still live in the wild.

They are mainly found in the mountains of Central Asia and the Himalayas.

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