Milwaukee Zoo introduces new jaguar cubs

Cubs make first public appearance since birth

Published On: Feb 16 2013 11:15:24 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 16 2013 12:18:53 PM CST
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Madison, Wis. -

The Milwaukee County Zoo’s newly-born jaguar cubs are available for public view.

Visitors had previously been able to watch the 3-month-old brothers through a web camera. They made their debut on Wednesday. 

The two cubs were born on Nov. 13 to first-time mother, Stella. Zookeepers had isolated Stella and her cubs during an early nursing period. During that time, zoo staff reported the cubs nursing, scratching and even hissing. 

Zookeepers are interested in the cubs' genes because their father, Pat, was born in a wild population. His genes are a new addition to the zoo’s captive jaguar population. 

One cub will be named in a local contest and the other will be named by children in Belize.

The Milwaukee County Zoo is displaying jaguar cubs for the first time since 1975.

An ongoing page for the cubs is available at: http://www.milwaukeezoo.org/news/2012/jaguarcubs.php