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Oregon Zoo's caracal kittens begin to explore their outdoor habitat

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Under the watchful eye of their mom, the Oregon Zoo’s 6 week old caracal kittens have begun to explore their outdoor habitat in the Predators of the Serengeti area.

The kittens had their first outdoor adventure Wednesday, and will have outdoor access from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the next several days.

"They've spent a lot of time out of view of visitors so far," said Beth Foster, the zoo's lead caracal keeper. "The space is still new and unfamiliar to them, so they've been hiding a lot, taking things slowly and sticking close to mom."

Photos: Oregon Zoo's adorable caracal kittens

It can be easy to miss the small kittens, but Foster says the best time to be able to see them is right at 10 when they first go outside.

The zoo reports that the two kittens weigh about 2-3 pounds each and are a bit bigger than domestic kittens, but with large paws and ears.

Keepers recently voted to call the pair by the Sanskrit names Nandi and Nisha.

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