Monday morning blues got you down? Stare at these first photos of a snow leopard cub, just released by the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago! The cub was born on June 13 to mom Sarani and dad Sabu. At two months, he only weighs about ten pounds (the size of a cat). As he matures, his solid spots will turn into rosettes. Snow leopards are an endangered species native to the mountains of Central Asia, with population estimated at 3,500-7,000, so this birth is especially welcome news.
I’m all for respecting the integrity of animals and not anthropomorphizing them, but gosh darn it, he is too cute. If you don’t want your heart to turn to putty, then don’t watch this video that will slow down your heart rate and banish any Monday blues.
See? Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
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Photo: Brookfield Zoo