There’s a new live web cam for your viewing pleasure. The cam is streaming live on YouTube 24/7 and hails from the Seneca Park Zoo. On April 16, 2021, Adam Bello and the Seneca Park Zoo announced the birth of a male, baby snow leopard. The cub was born to his mother, Timila, who is a four-year-old snow leopard. This is the second litter for Timila who has successfully bred with 10-year-old male Kaba. According to a press release, Timila showed signs of initial bonding with her cub but soon began to neglect the helpless newborn. Zoo staff intervened and successfully nurtured the cub who is currently eight weeks old.
Now, the Seneca Park Zoo has launched a snow-leopard-baby-naming contest that runs until June 26, 2021, and launched the 24/7, live streaming web cam so fans can keep a close watch on the rambunctious cub.
Zoo director Steve Lacy explained more about the snow leopard cub’s need for staff intervention shortly after his birth.
Although Timila gave birth in her nest box and appeared to be caring for the cub in the morning, it became clear that animal care staff needed to intervene at the end of the day. When the cub was examined, he was hypothermic and dehydrated, so the difficult decision to hand raise him was made.
The zoo made it clear that hand raising the cub was a last resort and not something they engaged in lightly. They are hand feeding the cub who drinks from bottles and is enjoying eating food in a bowl. Feeding times are
The zoo’s Director of Animal Health Louis DiVincenti stated the following.
Removing a cub from its mother is the last resort, but, after careful consideration of Timila’s behavior and the cub’s welfare, we decided it was the only choice.
A press release continued to explain Dr. DiVincenti’s life-saving care he gave the cub.
Dr. DiVincenti was able to stabilize the cub, who weighed in at 366 grams, and animal care and veterinary staff are providing round the clock care. Timila appears healthy, and her behavior is normal at this time.
Now, those who want to check in with the cub can do so any time, day or night. Those who want to see the cub at his best may want to make special note of feeding times.
The snow leopard cub enjoys feeding time at 7:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 4 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., Seneca Park Zoo staff provide an update on the cub’s progress.
You may see a snapshot of the cub drinking from a bottle during feeding time, along with the live cam video below.
Stay tuned for more developing news as this little guy continues his journey at the zoo.