L.A. Zoo introduces snow leopard cubs to public

Officials with the Los Angeles Zoo are celebrating the rare birth of two very cute cubs.

Terry and Tom, two snow leopard cubs born on May 25, 2006, are finally making their public debut at the zoo.

Snow leopards are an endangered species found in the mountains of central Asia. They are very difficult to observe in the wild. Wildlife experts believe there are 5,000 to 7,000 leopards remaining in the wild.

The big cats are killed by poachers for their gorgeous fur and their bones, which are used in traditional medicines in some Asian countries.

Terry and Tom are the first snow leopards born at the zoo in 22 years.

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