Tiny Ocelot Kitten Born at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA

by Andrea Mustain

A very special kitten has been born at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, the zoo has announced. The tiny ocelot, a species of semi-endangered cat, was born on Jan. 15, and is doing well, according to animal keepers.

The unnamed female kitten — zoo staff just confirmed earlier this week that the little one is a girl — is the third offspring born to ocelot parents Bella, age 10, and Brazil, age 15. The pair had their first litter in 2008, when Bella gave birth to female twins.

"Bella’s an experienced mother, and she’s providing excellent round-the-clock and protective maternal care," said zoo curator Mark Myers in a statement. "The kitten is nursing regularly and has a healthy, round belly."…

(read more: OurAmazingPlanet)      

(photos: Jaime Delk/Wooland Park Zoo)

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