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Jaguar gives birth to 3 cubs at Akron Zoo

By jim Published: April 8, 2009

By Beacon Journal Staff

Mother and babies are all doing well.

The Akron Zoo announced the birth of three endangered jaguar cubs today. The two females and one male were born March 3, zoo officials said.

The cubs' mother, Naom, has been raising and nursing the cubs since they were born.

They will remain indoors with Naom for the next several months until they can go outside on exhibit, said David Barnhardt, director of marketing and guest services.

After the birth, the jaguars were monitored 24 hours a day by the animal-care staff. They have been gaining weight since birth and are active and healthy. They currently weigh between 5 and 6 pounds, up from their birth weights of 1 to 2 pounds.

The father, Chack (pronounced shock) is on exhibit daily at the zoo. The pair are part of the Jaguar Species Survival Plan, with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that manages captive breeding of selected wildlife species in North America.

The zoo will hold a naming contest at a later date.

This is the second time Chack and Naom have produced cubs at the zoo. The other cubs, all females, were born Oct. 4, 2005, and have since been moved to other accredited zoos in the United States.

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