John Ball Zoo snow leopard cub dies

3:38 PM, Jul 12, 2011   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - John Ball Zoo staff reports that the baby snow leopard born at the zoo in June has died.

In a press statement, officials say that zookeepers have been monitoring the health of the snow leopard cub since its birth and noticed two weeks ago that the cub's eyes did not seem normal.  On Monday, a veterinary ophthalmologist determined that the cub had a congenital abnormality.  The cub died later on Monday. 

"This is a huge disappointment to all of us at the Zoo, the entire Zoo community, and the residents in West Michigan." said Barb Synder, Animal Curator. "Animal births are happy occurrences and it's hard not to immediately celebrate the great news - but zoo professionals know that they should always remain cautiously optimistic in the first days and weeks after birth."

John Ball Zoo has had three successful births of snow leopards in the past few years. The last from the same mother as the new cub.

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