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Health checkup for young leopard cat cubs

In 2020, a little female leopard cat was found in Nantou City with a suspected head injury from a vehicle collision. She was immediately transferred to Herbarium of Endemic Species Research Institute for treatment. Due to a suspected brain injury and an unsatisfactory pre-release assessment, she was deemed unfit for release and relocated to Taipei Zoo in 2021 for ongoing care and treatment.  

Earlier this year, in 2023, she was paired with another leopard cat and, on the morning of March 6th, gave birth to two cubs, a male and a female. Whether these cubs will stay at the zoo to participate in ex-situ conservation programs or receive training for a future release into the wild will be carefully assessed by the experts.