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Beardsley Zoo Debuts Ocelot Kitten

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(Beardsley Zoo Photo)

(Beardsley Zoo Photo)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) – An endangered Brazilian ocelot kitten born at Connecticut’s only zoo is making its public debut.

Beardsley Zoo officials say the female kitten has been in seclusion to bond with her mother since her birth Jan. 22, but will move Saturday to public display in the zoo’s South American Rainforest building.

The yet-unnamed ocelot kitten is the second born through artificial insemination to the mother, Kuma, who is among about 30 Brazilian ocelots kept in North American zoos.

Kuma was injured as a kitten and lost a leg, and is unable to breed naturally with male ocelots.

Her first kitten, Milagre, was born in 2008 through artificial insemination, and recently was moved to the Dallas Zoo to make room for her mother and sister to be in the Beardsley display.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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