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Milwaukee County Zoo welcomes first jaguar cubs since 1975

The jaguars are seen Dec. 2, 19 days after being born.

The jaguars are seen Dec. 2, 19 days after being born. Photo By Milwaukee County Zoo

Dec. 13, 2012

The Milwaukee County Zoo has announced the arrival of two jaguar cubs.

These are the first jaguar cubs displayed at the zoo since 1975, according to a statement.

The cubs were born here Nov. 13 to Stella, and father Pat. They are nursing, sleeping and "even hissing and scratching," according to the statement. They will be visible to the public via video feed, any time the zoo is open, said spokeswoman Jennifer Diliberti. See the Milwaukee County Zoo jaguar cam here.

"We always wait a few weeks to announce a significant birth to make certain that the cubs are viable and healthy, and that the mother is taking proper care of them," she said.

The cubs will nurse until they are 5 or 6 months old, and will sample meat at about 5 weeks of age.

The zoo said the birth is significant in that the cubs' father, Pat, is a rescued, wild-born jaguar and "considered a founder to the population."

"Pat now only brings new genes to the captive jaguar population, but serves as an ambassador to the wild population and to the conservation of the species," according to the statement. Pat is 14 years old.

The cubs will receive their first exams and vaccines at about six weeks of age, and at the same time their sexes will be determines. They both weight less than 6 pounds, but are steadily gaining weight, the zoo said.

The video can be viewed at the Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Building at the zoo, and will be available on the zoo's web site, milwaukeezoo.org, in early January.

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