Friday, January 2, 2015

CAT FRIDAY: A look back at the adorable baby wild cats born at zoos in 2014

Posted By on Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Let's start off the new year with something overwhelmingly cute — baby wild cats!

I've long been aware of the treasure trove of cute baby animal photos (not just baby cats) on the website ZooBorns.

In the past year, ZooBorns shared the debuts of many baby cats at zoos across the world. Enjoy these favorites, and make sure to follow the site's Facebook or Twitter for updates on the cats born throughout 2015.

The Sacramento Zoo's lion cub trio, born Oct. 24, 2014, recently made their public debut at nine weeks old. The litter has two females and one male cub. - ZOOBORNS
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The Sacramento Zoo's lion cub trio, born Oct. 24, 2014, recently made their public debut at nine weeks old. The litter has two females and one male cub.

The Stone Zoo, in Stonehamm, Mass., recently took in a 10-week-old cougar cub, Blue. Blue was found alone in Central Idaho at four weeks old - . - ZOOBORNS
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The Stone Zoo, in Stonehamm, Mass., recently took in a 10-week-old cougar cub, Blue. Blue was found alone in Central Idaho at four weeks old.

These eight-month-old snow leopard twin sisters debuted in late 2014 at Zoo Zurich, in Germany. - ZOOBORNS
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These eight-month-old snow leopard twin sisters debuted in late 2014 at Zoo Zurich, in Germany.

These Malayan Tiger brothers were born Nov. 16 at Louisiana's Alexandria Zoo. - ZOOBORNS
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These Malayan Tiger brothers were born Nov. 16 at Louisiana's Alexandria Zoo.

Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo all-male lion cub litter of four was born Oct. 25. - ZOOBORNS/WOODLAND PARK ZOO
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Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo all-male lion cub litter of four was born Oct. 25.

This Uruguay zoo's margay — a cousin of the ocelot — gave birth to one tiny kitten on Nov. 1. - ZOOBORNS
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This Uruguay zoo's margay — a cousin of the ocelot — gave birth to one tiny kitten on Nov. 1.

The Abilene Zoo in Texas welcomed sweet little Lucy the ocelot on Sept. 9. (OMG - those eyes.) - ZOOBORNS
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The Abilene Zoo in Texas welcomed sweet little Lucy the ocelot on Sept. 9. (OMG - those eyes.)

Point Defiance Zoo was on a roll with the baby cats this year, also welcoming Jasper the Canadian Lynx cub in July. He is now a species ambassador there as part of the zoo's Species Survival Plan. - ZOOBORNS/POINT DEFIANCE ZOO
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Point Defiance Zoo was on a roll with the baby cats this year, also welcoming Jasper the Canadian Lynx cub in July. He is now a species ambassador there as part of the zoo's Species Survival Plan.

More cute cats born in the Northwest — the Oregon Zoo in Portland welcomed a trio of lion cubs on Sept. 8. - ZOOBORNS
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More cute cats born in the Northwest — the Oregon Zoo in Portland welcomed a trio of lion cubs on Sept. 8.
San Diego Zoo welcomed twin cheetah sisters on Sept. 1. - ZOOBORNS
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San Diego Zoo welcomed twin cheetah sisters on Sept. 1.

A female Amur Tiger cub was born at the Indianapolis Zoo in summer 2014. - ZOOBORNS/INDIANAPOLIS ZOO
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A female Amur Tiger cub was born at the Indianapolis Zoo in summer 2014.

This very special cougar cub was found malnourished and dehydrated on a porch north of Spokane. He was rehabilitated and now has a home at ZooAmerica in Hershey, Penn. - ZOOBORNS
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This very special cougar cub was found malnourished and dehydrated on a porch north of Spokane. He was rehabilitated and now has a home at ZooAmerica in Hershey, Penn.

Two Clouded Leopard cubs entered the world at the Houston Zoo on June 6. - ZOOBORNS/HOUSTON ZOO
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Two Clouded Leopard cubs entered the world at the Houston Zoo on June 6.

The three black-footed cats born in April at the Philly Zoo were named after Daenerys Targaryen's dragons (Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion) in the series "Game of Thrones." - ZOOBORNS/PHILADELPHIA ZOO
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The three black-footed cats born in April at the Philly Zoo were named after Daenerys Targaryen's dragons (Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion) in the series "Game of Thrones."

Two Palawan Bengal Cat kittens were born at Zoo Berlin in spring 2014. - ZOOBORNS
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Two Palawan Bengal Cat kittens were born at Zoo Berlin in spring 2014.

Sand Cats are native to the deserts of North Africa and southwest Asia. Three kittens were born in April at the Czech Republic's Zoo Brno. - ZOOBORNS
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Sand Cats are native to the deserts of North Africa and southwest Asia. Three kittens were born in April at the Czech Republic's Zoo Brno.

These two-week-old cougars were rescued by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife last January, who found a permanent home at the North Carolina Zoo. - ZOOBORNS
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These two-week-old cougars were rescued by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife last January, who found a permanent home at the North Carolina Zoo.

To reiterate, ZooBorns' site is full of baby wild animal photos and stories of all species, many that are rare and lesser known. The site's mission is to build awareness and support for wildlife conservation programs while it educates viewers of all ages. 

While not cats, other favorite stories/photos of 2014 included:


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