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2:54 PM, Mar 13, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON -- Their paws haven't been pouncing in the Akron Zoo for very long.

After going on exhibit last August, Raj and Sabu -- the first snow leopard cubs ever born at the Akron Zoo -- are being welcomed by other zoos.

Raj is being taken in by Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan, which is where his mother was born and his grandmother currently lives.

Sabu will now live at the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island.

The decision comes as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan.

"It will be difficult to see Raj and Sabu move on but they are going to two wonderful AZA accredited zoos," Akron President and CEO L. Patricia Simmons says. "It has been thrilling to have Raj and Sabu here in Akron and our animal care and veterinarian staffs have done an amazing job through this whole process. It makes us very proud to think about the awareness Raj and Sabu have created about this endangered species and how much enjoyment our community had in seeing them grow up over the last 9 months."

When they were born at the Akron Zoo last May, both cubs weighed approximately 2 pounds. Today, they are tipping the scales at 55 pounds.

In the photo gallery at the top of this story, see pictures of Raj and Sabu playing with pumpkins back on Oct. 25, 2012.

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