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Zoo's snow leopards give birth to cubs

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The Assiniboine Park Zoo just got a little cooler.

The conservancy announced the birth of two snow leopards Friday morning. The cubs were born last Saturday and while they remain off exhibit at this time, all indications suggest the pair is in good standing health-wise.

"Anytime we’re able to welcome new additions to the zoo is a special day," Gary Lunsford, the acting director of zoological operations, offered in a statement. "Plus, given how popular the snow leopards and all our big cats are with the public, we know there will be a lot of people looking forward to meeting the new cubs and we are equally as excited to share them with our visitors."

The proud, first-time parents – mother Batu and father Henry James – have been members of the Assiniboine Park Zoo since 2011.

Officials say the gender of the cubs won’t be revealed until the neonatal exams are completed in two to three weeks' time. Unfortunately, no pictures were included in the birth announcement.

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Updated on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 11:22 AM CDT: corrects typo

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