Denver Zoo welcomes leopard cub 'Sochi'

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Video: Denver welcomes leopard cub 'Sochi'

Courtesy of: Denver Zoo

DENVER - A bundle of cuteness and an endangered Amur leopard cub named Sochi, born Dec. 3 2013 is making his debut at the Denver Zoo.

The young, male cub was named after the Russian city hosting this year's winter Olympics.

It is the tenth birth of the Amur species at the Denver Zoo since this particular group of leopards came to Denver about 25 years ago. 

Sochi has been spending time with his mother 'Dazma.' Guests can visit the cub inside the zoo's Feline Building.

This is Dazma's and her mate, Hari-Kari's second leopard cub.

Amur leopards were originally found in South Korea to north of the China-Russia border. The species is now nearly extinct because of fur-poaching, loss of habitat and trophy hunting.

According to the Denver Zoo, Amur leopards are the most endangered cats in the world.

There are believed to be fewer than 50 left in the wild and about 95 in North American zoos.

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