Mowgli, the clouded leopard
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Mowgli was born on March 7, 2015, at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo in Florida. Clouded leopards are natives of the forests in Southeast Asia. Because they’re solitary animals, scientists aren’t sure about their population size, but they are a vulnerable species due to the high deforestation rates. They weigh 30 and 60 pounds in adulthood and reach around five feet in length. Agile and balanced, these cats can hang upside down from a tree branch using their large paws to keep a steady grip. You probably didn’t know that these wild animal species are endangered.
Pancake, the cheetah
Named because of cheetahs’ tendency to flatten out while lying down, Pancake was born on February 28, 2015, at Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon. When she was six weeks old, a Rhodesian Ridgeback pup named Dayo arrived at the zoo to serve as his companion. Cheetahs are naturally shy, so zoos often pair them with dogs to help them overcome their anxiety. Cheetahs are native to eastern and southwestern Africa; fewer than 10,000 felines remain in the wild. Fun fact: Cheetahs need to drink water only once every three or four days.