Ohio zoo to have naming contest for 2 leopard cubs

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Akron Zoo in northeast Ohio says it plans to have a naming contest this summer for a pair of snow leopards born in mid-April.

The zoo announced the births Wednesday. The male cub and female cub born April 14 remain in a special area with their mother. They aren't expected to go on public display until late June or early July.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1hesguF ) reports snow leopards are considered an endangered species, with possibly 4,000 left in the wild.

Zoo spokesman David Barnhardt says the cubs weigh about 6 pounds and are walking and beginning to climb.

It was the second successful litter for the cubs' parents, mother Shanti and father Roscoe. Two male cubs born in 2012 now are at zoos in Michigan and Rhode Island.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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