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Spotted: Adorable snow leopard cubs born at wildlife park

The seven-week-old cubs are still being nursed by mother Animesh at Highland Wildlife Park.

Family: The seven-week-old cubs are still being nursed by mother Animesh.
Family: The seven-week-old cubs are still being nursed by mother Animesh. RZSS

Three snow leopard cubs have been born at a conservation park in the Highlands.

The seven-week-old cubs are still being nursed by mother Animesh at Highland Wildlife Park, and have started to leave their cubbing box and explore outside.

Staff at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland attraction will be on hand through the coming weeks to care for the three youngsters, who are in a critical stage for survival.

Adorable: The cubs will remain with their mum until they are two.
Adorable: The cubs will remain with their mum until they are two. RZSS

Una Richardson, the park's head of carnivores, said: "We are thrilled, though we remain cautious as this is still a very delicate stage in their development.

"Animesh has had three cubs and they will be health checked by our keepers and vets around three weeks from now.

"Snow leopards are relatively solitary animals so dad Chan is living separately from Animesh and the cubs, who will remain with their mum until they are around two-years-old."

Snow leopards are classed as vulnerable, with threats including declining prey populations, protection of livestock and an increasing demand for their bones in traditional Asian medicine.

The species has an estimated wild population of 2700.

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