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Zoo welcomes two snow leopard cubs

A cub photo bombs her twin Credit: Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo has announced the birth of two female snow leopard cubs, the third pair for mum Irma and dad Suou.

Born at the start of April, the cubs and their mother Irma have spent their first months together in a den off-show to allow them to settle into the world at their own pace.

Snow leopards are classed as endangered Credit: Twycross Zoo

As their older siblings, a boy and a girl born in 2011 and two boys born in 2013, these two female cubs are part of an international breeding programme. It aims to helps zoos to maintain a genetically healthy population, which acts as a safety net for the species in the wild.

The twins were born in April Credit: Twycross Zoo

Snow leopards, classified by IUCN as Endangered, are often killed by local farmers because they prey on livestock and the big cats are also hunted for their warm fur.

The species is suspected to have declined by at least 20% over the past 16 years due.