Snow leopard cub born at Utah's Hogle Zoo

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's Hogle Zoo is announcing the birth of a snow leopard cub.

The zoo said Thursday that the male snow leopard was born May 7 to parents Himesh and Nema.

The cub was to make his public debut on Thursday. In the earlier weeks, he was bonding with his mother.

Snow leopard cub born at Utah's Hogle Zoo

Snow leopards are medium-sized cats weighing between 60 and 120 pounds. They are found in Asia and have smoky-gray colored fur to help them blend in to the mountainous setting.

It's the first birth of a rare and endangered snow leopard at the zoo in more than 20 years. There are an estimated 3,500 to 7,000 snow leopards left in the wild.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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