Snow leopard makes her debut at the zoo

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- The new zoo denizen made her debut at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha Friday morning - a snow leopard cub who has been in seclusion since birth stepped out to meet the public.

The cub is the offspring of mom, Rosemary, and dad, Pasha. She was actually born on June 5 but they've been keeping her in seclusion until now.

Zoo Director Dennis Pate said, "We didn't announce it because we just wanted to give her some peace and quiet."

But the secret is out and the snow leopard is too.

The newly arrived cub was having her initial visit with the vet Friday, along with her first peek at the metro's animal lovers. The peek was sort of slipped in through mom's protective shadow.

Mom and pop made their way to Omaha as part of the snow leopard Species Survival Plan. Along with their new cub, the trio represents the zoo's entire population of snow leopards.

Pat said, "There will be more people at the zoo today than there are snow leopards left in the wild."

They're listed as Endangered but Rose and Pasha are obviously working on turning that tide.