Rare Albino Puma Cubs Born in Nicaraguan Zoo

In a moment of wonder at Thomas Belt Zoo in Juigalpa, Nicaragua, a rare event unfolded with the birth of an albino puma, making it the first of its kind to be born in Central America.

The adorable albino cub, with pristine white fur and a delicate pink nose, entered the world alongside its two beige-colored and spotted siblings.

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Captivating photographs capture the unique contrast between the albino cub and its siblings as they snuggle close to their mother.

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Zoo veterinarian Carlos Molina says this albino puma is one of only four born worldwide.

Despite its remarkable appearance, the cub is healthy and has a healthy appetite.

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However, Molina advises that albino pumas require special care, particularly protection from sunlight, due to their heightened sensitivity.

To ensure the well-being of both the mother and her cubs, the zoo has taken precautions, keeping them in a sealed enclosure to prevent the mother from becoming stressed or confused by human odors mingling with those of her newborns, which could potentially lead to aggression.

Furthermore, the male puma, the mother’s mate, is housed separately as a precautionary measure, as male pumas have been known to threaten their young.

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Despite the excitement surrounding their birth, the genders of the litter remain unknown as physical contact has been avoided.

However, once the cubs reach three months of age, the zoo plans to introduce them to the public, offering visitors a chance to witness these remarkable creatures up close.

Thomas Belt Zoo, a popular destination attracting 50,000 to 60,000 visitors annually, is thrilled to contribute to the conservation and appreciation of these majestic animals.

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Pumas, also known as mountain lions or cougars, are native to the Americas, ranging from the high Andean region of southern Peru to the jungles of Central America.

While they once roamed vast territories, their populations in the eastern half of North America were greatly diminished following European colonization, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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