For the first time, two Amur leopard cubs were spotted on camera traps in China.
The cubs were spotted with a mama leopard. The sighting is the first evidence of breeding in this critically endangered cat in this region of China.
Here, one leopard cub trails behind the adult female leopard.
The camera trap that spotted the babies is part of a broader conservation effort to save these graceful predators from extinction.
Eight Amur leopards have been caught on camera in southeastern Russia. Fewer than 40 of the big cats survive in the wild.
The main habitat for the cats is in Far Eastern Russia, but the new sighting hints that the population may be rebounding slightly in China. Here, a mother Amur leopard looks after her full-grown cub in the forests of Far Eastern Russia.
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