By Anthony Bond
Cute: These Jaguar cubs were born at Berlin Zoo recently. Their mother 'Kiara,' took care of the young animals in a sleeping box for the first six weeks
It's hard to imagine that one day these adorable creatures will turn into fearsome predators which will be capable of killing large animals.
Less than two months since they were born, they look like cuddly little kittens which could curl up on your lap in front of the TV.
But, instead of being house pets, they are actually Jaguar cubs.
Wonderful: The birth of the cubs was a moment of celebration for the zoo, which had gone two years without any new Jaguar cubs
The cute animals were born at Berlin Zoo in April, and boast two beautifully contrasting sets of furry coats.
While two of the young cubs have the more usual spotted markings inherited from their mother, one of the baby jaguars has a gorgeous coat of black fur, which it inherited from it's father Roberto.
The cubs' mother 'Kiara,' took care of the young animals in a sleeping box for the first six weeks.
It was a moment of celebration for the zoo, which had gone two years without any new Jaguar cubs.
The Jaguar is a near threatened species with its numbers declining worldwide.
Playful: A Jaguar cub plays with its mother 'Kiara' at the zoo in Berlin
It is the third-largest feline after the tiger and lion.
They can be found in the southern U.S as well as Mexico, central America, southern Paraguay and northern Argentina.
They feed only on meat, preferring large prey such as deer, dogs and foxes.
They will also sometimes eat anacondas and, very rarely, humans.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Brothers in disguise: Jaguar cubs who inherited different coats from their parents bemuse zoo visitors
By Anthony Bond