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Oregon Zoo introduces two new caracal kittens

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The 2-week old caracal kittens (Photo: Oregon Zoo) The 2-week old caracal kittens (Photo: Oregon Zoo)
(Photo: Oregon Zoo) (Photo: Oregon Zoo)

The adorable new additions to the Oregon Zoo are just two weeks old.

Peggy, a caracal living in the zoo's Predators of the Serengeti area, gave birth to two kittens on Sept. 11, one female and one male. On Tuesday, the zoo shared a video of the young kittens.

The kittens are born with their eyes closed and ears folded down, but soon they will have huge black-tufted ears to help them find prey.

At the two-week checkup on Friday, the zoo said the female kitten's ears had already popped up, but the male's were still flat against his head.

Zoo keepers said Peggy and the kittens are doing well, both kittens are nursing regularly and starting to move around their behind-the-scenes den box.

"Peggy has been a terrific mom," said senior Africa keeper Laura Weiner. "She's very protective. We put a bunch of straw in her den box as bedding, and she's been covering the little ones up with it, hiding them. Wild cats of all species hide their kittens like that to protect them from predators."

The kittens father, Cricket, can be seen by visitors in the Predators of the Serengeti exhibit, while Peggy and the kittens stay behind the scenes for awhile.

Caracals live in the woodlands and savannas of North Africa, Southwest Asia and the Arabian Peninsula. While caracals are listed in the category of "least concern" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, hunting and habitat loss pose risks to wild populations. 

To learn more about caracals, visit the Oregon Zoo's website.

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