Ocelot Kitten Tries Out Its Climbing Abilities in Lovely Video

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An adorable ocelot cub practicing the climbing skills it will need as it grows into adulthood.

The few-week-old cub was filmed by zookeepers exploring its rainforest-like enclosure called Gondwana Land at Leipzig Zoo in Germany.

In the video, proud mother ocelot Daphne, 14, leads her newborn through the territory, but her cub just wants to play with the trees.

First it tries to attack a fallen branch on the ground, then tries its climbing skills on an angled tree trunk.

The week-old ocelot was filmed by zoo keepers exploring its rainforest-like enclosure called Gondwana Land at Leipzig Zoo in Germany.
Leipzig Zoo/Zenger

In the wild, ocelots are good climbers and will often take their prey into the treetops to avoid being ambushed.

The baby cat managed only a few steps before falling back to earth.

Zookeepers say the as-yet-unnamed cub was born at the zoo in late May.

It’s Daphne’s ninth cub with a 12-year-old male named Pinchu. The zoo said in a statement: “This is the ninth pup of this couple to have been successfully raised and lovingly cared for.

“Until now, Daphne and her offspring have mainly been in the rear area of ​​the facility, but for the past few days she has been visiting the outdoor enclosure more and more. Her approximately one-month-old calf accompanies her on these forays with a lot of curiosity and a lively attitude.”

Neither the animal keeper nor the zoo vet examined the newborn in order not to disturb the bond between mother and young animal.

The ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) is a medium-sized spotted wildcat, reaching 15.7 to 19.7 inches at the shoulders and weighing from 17.6 to 34.2 pounds.

It was first described by Swedish zoologist Carl von Linnaeus in 1758.

Ocelots live in a variety of habitats ranging from tropical forests to swamps and savannah grasslands.

Ocelots are mostly nocturnal, spending their days in trees or dense vegetation. They are agile climbers and strong swimmers.

Ocelots are native to the southwestern United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Margarita.

Ocelots are not currently classified as critically endangered by animal welfare organizations. However, they are threatened by habitat destruction and hunting.

The Leipzig Zoo was opened in 1878 and is one of the most traditional zoos in Germany. Located northeast of the city center, it is home to around 850 species over 26 hectares.

The Gondwana Land enclosure, where its ocelots live, covers 3.8 hectares, making it the second largest indoor rainforest enclosure in the world.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.