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Natascha LeftyBears by Natascha Sabo
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The Geoffrey's cats in our local zoo in Karlsruhe just had two adorable babies and I thought the cat lovers here on TT might want to have a look at them.

And they are not the only baby cats in our zoo: The snow leopards have babies, too. According to the zoo's website, it will take some more weeks until visitors will get to see them, but as I have a yearly ticket you can be sure that I will check their enclosure regularly and post pictures here.  bear_grin

SueAnn Past Time Bears
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They are so cute!  Looks like they are similar to our wild bobcat except they are a little smaller.  Thanks for showing this, Natascha!

Natascha LeftyBears by Natascha Sabo
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When they are fully grown, they have the size of a small domestic cat and are already extremely cute, but the babies  bear_wub  bear_wub  bear_wub

dangerbears Dangerbears
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They're so beautiful! bear_wub And how lucky that you can see them in person soon!


Thanks to Wikipedia for the following (I didn't know anything about these cats bear_whistle ):

"Geoffroy's cat is named after the 19th century French zoologist Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (1772–1844). Following his travels to South America in the early 19th century, Saint-Hilaire studied the cat while a professor of zoology in Paris, and identified five subspecies, based on geographic dispersement:[9]

    Leopardus geoffroyi geoffroyi; Central Argentina
    Leopardus geoffroyi euxantha; Northern Argentina, Western Bolivia
    Leopardus geoffroyi leucobapta; Patagonia
    Leopardus geoffroyi paraguae; Paraguay, Southeastern Brazil, Uruguay, Northern Argentina
    Leopardus geoffroyi salinarum; Northwestern and Central Argentina

Genetic studies have shown that Geoffroy's cat is most closely related to the kodkod.[10] At times it has been placed in the separate genus Oncifelis, together with the kodkod and colocolo, but it is now more commonly placed in Leopardus, a larger genus of small South American cats, which also includes the ocelot."

Natascha LeftyBears by Natascha Sabo
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The Georffrey's cats are already outside and can be seen by visitors, we just have to wait for the snow leopards.

peterbear Boechout, Antwerp
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Thanks for the lovely pictures, Natascha!   :thumbsup:
Although they are awfully cute, I am going to let SueAnn have these...  bear_laugh

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