Zookeeper Gives Clouded Leopard Cub a Bath and We All Want the Job

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Imagine being able to cuddle with an adorable baby leopard cub as a job requirement; getting paid to cuddle and play with baby zoo animals would be a dream job! Sydney is the nursery coordinator at Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, Kansas. The park shared a video on Monday, June 3rd of Sydney giving a Clouded leopard cub a bath, and it's a whole minute of Zen!

Syndey explains that the cub has just started eating meat recently and when she does, she makes a mess. Sydney then gets to clean up the cub, and the cub seems to enjoy the whole process. Make sure to watch until the end to see how big the baby's toe beans already are!

This was just too cute! That's going to be a big girl when she grows up. And I would take Sydney's job any day, she's so lucky she gets to cuddle with exotic animals like Clouded leopard cubs. Tanganyika Wildlife Park fans were just as smitten as I was. @K_Richline said, "Could she be any cuter!!" @Juliet swooned, "OMG How precious. Thanks for your care!! Treasure this baby; their numbers are on the decline." @pattiivaldes had my favorite comment, "TikTok teaches me about careers I should have applied for. Like why am I not cleaning baby leopards and helping baby otters go down water slides?" I agree!

Related: Watch: Tiny Clouded Leopard Cub Sweetly Starts to Explore at Sanctuary

Facts About Clouded Leopards

Did you know that you could actually own a Clouded leopard if you wanted to? Another Pet Helpful article shared, "Clouded leopards are beautiful, medium-sized stocky cats that are beginning to become more available to private zoo owners. They are extremely expensive, with some having gone for around $20,000. Despite their name "leopard," they are significantly less dangerous and less sizable than leopards in the genus Panthera." The article also explained that Clouded leopards are not actually leopards at all; they are a separate species entirely, just like snow leopards!

Clouded leopards get their unique name from the cloud patterns on their coats. It's built in camouflage! Interestingly, Fact Animal said that they are, "an elusive and mysterious species of wild cat; they are rarely seen in the wild and not very much is known about them."

These leopards are found in the Eastern Himalayas in Southeast Asia in cloud forests, tropical lowland forests, dry woodlands, and even swamps. They are carnivores and have the biggest teeth to body size of any cat. "With sizes up to 2 inches in length, their canine teeth are the same size as a tiger’s, despite being 10 times smaller in body size." Those big teeth come in useful when they hunt birds, squirrels, monkeys, pigs, and deer.

And here's an interesting fact: these cats cannot purr or roar. Their necks develop differently than other cats and they have no hyoid bone which is needed to purr. Instead, they communicate with high-pitched meow calls, hissing, growling and chuffing. Who knew these cats were so unique!

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