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Snow leopard cub steps into limelight at Bronx Zoo

NEW YORK The Bronx Zoo is showing off its newest resident: a snow leopard born there in the spring.

The 17-pound cub is the first son of an orphaned snow leopard from Pakistan. The baby, who is not yet named, went on view last week.

He's the offspring of Leo, who was brought to the zoo after his mother and siblings were killed in Pakistan in 2005.

The New York Times says Leo was paired with Maya, a proven breeder, and the cub was born on April 9.

The Bronx Zoo was the first zoo in North America to exhibit snow leopards in 1903. It has bred more than 70 since then.

This Aug. 2, 2013 photo shows a snow leopard cup at the Bronx Zoo in New York. AP Photo/Wildlife Conservation Society, Julie Larsen Maher

The zoo currently has 10 snow leopards.

Snow leopards are among the world's most endangered large cats.

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