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Clouded leopard cubs can now be seen at Point Defiance Zoo

Four cuddly clouded leopard cubs are now on display at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma.

The 3-week-old cubs have gained about one pound apiece with regular bottle feedings, bringing them to a whopping 1.7 pounds each. They’ve opened their tiny eyes now but can’t see very well.

The zoo will announce their genders and names next week.

For now, visitors can watch them be bottle fed at the Cub Den in the Cats of the Canopy exhibit at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The feeding times will change as the cats grow.

Mother Chai Li showed little interest in nursing the cubs, so zookeepers decided to hand-rear them. The father is Nah Fun. This is their fourth litter.

The quadruplets, born May 12, bring the total of endangered clouded leopards in Tacoma to 11.

It has not been decided how many, or whether any, of the cubs will remain at Point Defiance Zoo.

There are 93 clouded leopards in 25 North American facilities, according to the cats’ Species Survival Plan. Fifteen cubs have been born this year. It’s unknown how many clouded leopards exist in the wild because they are elusive and hard to track.