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Snow Leopard Cub Meets Public For First Time At Denver Zoo

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Misha (credit: Denver Zoo)

Misha (credit: Denver Zoo)

DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Zoo is now showing off a new snow leopard cub to the public.

“Misha” can now be seen in her exhibit with her mother, Natasha. She was born on May 13.

Zoo officials removed the coverings to her windows so she could meet the public on Wednesday.

“The curious cub is learning to climb, jump and pounce under the watchful eye of her mother. As the only cub in her litter, Misha has been getting all of the milk she wants, and has grown nearly four pounds since her birth, now tipping the scales at about five pounds. As a full grown adult she could weigh around 75 pounds,” Zoo spokesperson Sean Andersen-Vie said in a statement.

This species is native to rocky, mountainous areas above the tree line in central Asia and in the Himalayan regions of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.

Snow leopards are classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

"Misha" (credit: Denver Zoo)

“Misha” (credit: Denver Zoo)

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