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5 fun facts on new Jaguar cubs at the Fort Worth Zoo

Two female jaguar cubs, Luna and Estrella, debuted at the Fort Worth Zoo on Thursday.
Two female jaguar cubs, Luna and Estrella, debuted at the Fort Worth Zoo on Thursday. Fort Worth Zoo

Today marked the debut of the most adorable spotted babies at the Fort Worth Zoo.

Two female jaguar cubs, Luna and Estrella (no relation to me) were introduced to the public in the Brush Country exhibit in Texas Wild! at the zoo.

To celebrate their introduction to the world, here are some fun facts about the cubs:

Newly named: Luna and Estrella are Spanish words for moon and star, respectively. So, you could say the sky's the limit for these furry babies.

Family matters: Since birth, Luna and Estrella have been with mom Xochi (“zo-she”) in an off-exhibit area to nurse, bond and develop necessary skills such as walking and climbing. Xochi and dad Pepito are also parents to Sasha, who was born at the zoo in 2013.

Growth spurt: The cubs weighed less than 2 pounds each at birth and will likely reach between 100 and 250 pounds by adulthood.

Double vision: The cubs’ eye color will slowly transition from bright blue to a permanent green.

Native habitat: The jaguar is the largest cat in the Western Hemisphere and is historically native to the southern United States. Due to habitat alteration, the jaguar can now be found from the U.S./Mexico border south into Central America.

Source: Fort Worth Zoo

Fort Worth Zoo

1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76110

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday

Cost: $12, 13 and older; $9, children ages 3 to 12; Free, children 2 and younger

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Info: 817-759-7555, https://www.fortworthzoo.org

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