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Bouncing zoo babies of 2010

Dec. 30, 2010, 12:40 p.m.
Clouded leopard cubs

Photo: Mehgan Murphy/Smithsonian's National Zoo

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Clouded leopard cubs

A clouded leopard at the Smithsonian's National Zoo’s campus in Front Royal, Va., gave birth to a genetically valuable litter of two cubs on Valentine’s Day — Sunday, Feb. 14.

The breeding of clouded leopards has been a challenge, primarily due to male aggression, decreased mating activity between paired animals and high cub mortality.

Little is known about clouded leopards. They are native to Southeast Asia and parts of China in a habitat that ranges from dense tropical evergreen forests to drier forest.