Gallery: Welwyn's snow leopards spot snow for first time

PUBLISHED: 13:42 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:20 26 October 2009

The cubs enjoying the snow

The cubs enjoying the snow

CUB snow leopards were given the first taste of their natural climate this week as wintry showers hit Times Territory. The inquisitive babies, aged 17 weeks old, were given a short outing across the gardens of the Welwyn Cat Survival Trust in Welwyn, yes

CUB snow leopards were given the first taste of their natural climate this week as wintry showers hit Times Territory.

The inquisitive babies, aged 17 weeks old, were given a short outing across the gardens of the Welwyn Cat Survival Trust in Welwyn, yesterday (Monday) when the snow fell.

Dr Rob Martin, who is head of cats at the sanctuary and has helped raise the unnamed cubs - with mum and dad leopard! - since birth, told the WHT it was a "magical moment".

"We couldn't let the snow pass without given them a chance to explore their natural conditions.

"At first they were a little bemused, but within minutes they soon adapted to the conditions and were investigating the shrubbery.

"Mum was calling for them to check they were ok, and they were calling back; it was a brilliant moment and a great day, for me especially.

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