The Snow Leopard and the Dog


We love animal odd couples. This one features a young snow leopard, Shanti, and her best friend, Badra the dog. Badra was adopted through an animal rescue and paired with Shanti to give Shanti the social interaction that she is missing due to being a single cub who could not be raised by her mother. Shanti’s mother had a history of violence towards her offspring, so keepers at the Binder Park Zoo separated her from her mother shortly after birth for her own protection. Pairing young big cats with dogs has been very successful with many cat species, but Shanti may be the first snow leopard to have a doggy buddy.

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