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Rare jaguar cubs born at Milwaukee Zoo

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MILWAUKEE (WXOW) - The Milwaukee County Zoo has a pair of jaguar cubs for the first time since 1975.

Stacy Johnson, coordinator of the jaguar species survival plan for the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, said their father Pat was born in the wild, which is rare in zoos. He says Pats bringing new genes that will help sustain the population over next 100 years.

Vets recently examined and vaccinated them for the first time and inserted tracking chips. They also discovered they are males. Johnson says that's important because there are more female jaguars in zoos than males right now.

The cubs were born Nov. 13 to first time mother, Stella. The father was taken in by the Belize Zoo after attacking cattle before coming to the Milwaukee zoo. He even has a book named after him named Pat the Great Cat: A Jaguars Journey.

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