The Milwaukee County Zoo has its first jaguar cubs since 1975. The cubs' father was born in the wild and he's bringing new
genes that will help sustain the population over next 100 years. (Jan. 8)
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DURATION: 1:43-----------------------------------------SHOTLIST:Milwaukee County Zoo videoJan. 1, 20131. Wide of jaguar mom, Stella, and two cubs in holding area AP TelevisionMilwaukee. Jan. 2, 20132. Medium, moving to tight of jaguar getting teeth checked3. SOUNDBITE: Amanda Ista, big cats zookeeper: "Right now they are about the size of housecats so they are probably 9 or 10, well probably 8 or 9 pounds right now. But they are probably 10 times as strong as a house cat. They have very thick muscles in their neck and their arms and their paws. Their paws are huge."4. Medium of cub getting its heart listened to5. SOUNDBITE: Tim Wild, curator of large mammals: "These cubs are important because their father was wild caught. He's a found animal to the population now, new genetic line. It really adds to the genetic diversity of the population."6. Medium of jaguar squirming with handlers as they try to take blood7. Medium of cub struggling while handlers try to get blood from neck8. Medium of cub struggling as handlers put alcohol on fur to take blood9. Amanda Ista, big cats zookeeper: "They look good. That's another reason to go in there and keep an eye on them just in case something is wrong. You can catch it early and take some precautions."Milwaukee County Zoo videoJan. 1, 201310. Wide of cubs rompingMilwaukee County Zoo photoDec. 16, 201211. Medium of the two cubsStoryline:The Milwaukee County Zoo has a pair of jaguar cubs for the first time since 1975. Stacy Johnson, coordinator of the jaguar species survival plan for the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, said their father Pat was born in the wild, which is rare in zoos. He says Pats bringing new genes that will help sustain the population over next 100 years. Vets recently examined and vaccinated them for the first time and inserted tracking chips. They also discovered they are males. Johnson says thats important because there are more female jaguars in zoos than males right now. The cubs were born Nov. 13 to first time mother, Stella. The father was taken in by the Belize Zoo after attacking cattle before coming to the Milwaukee zoo. He even has a book named after him named Pat the Great Cat: A Jaguars Journey.