Denver Zoo's clouded leopard cubs, Pi and Rhu, make their public debut

DENVER - The Denver Zoo's two newborn clouded leopard cubs are going on exhibit.

The male and female, born March 14, can now be seen visitors inside the Zoo’s Elephant Passage exhibit.

The cubs were named Pi and Rhu. Pi was named after Pi Day (March 14), the date observed to celebrate the mathematical constant, Pi.

The date is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. Rhu was named after his favorite dessert, rhubarb pie, according to zoo officials.

"Unfortunately their inexperienced mother was not able to care for them so they are being raised by staff around the clock," zoo officials said. "They began their lives in an incubator, but have graduated to a “whelping box” inside the Marynelle Philpott Fishing Cat Lagoon. The box provides the cubs with a safe place to learn to walk, crawl, wrestle, and play until they have grown enough to have full access to the exhibit."

Visitors can see Pi and Rhu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., except when zookeepers take them for feedings behind the scenes.

"Despite their name, clouded leopards are not actually a species of leopard," zoo officials said. "They are considered a 'bridge' between typical big cats, like lions and tigers, and the small cats, like pumas, lynx and ocelots."

They are found in Southeast Asia in southern China, parts of Nepal, India, Burma and from Indochina to Sumatra and Borneo and live primarily in tropical and subtropical evergreen forests up to 6500 feet above sea level.

 

 

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