In a remarkable event, a puma at the Thomas Belt Zoo in Juigalpa, Nicaragua, has given birth to an ultra-rare albino cub. This birth marks the first time an albino cub has been born in captivity in Central America, adding to the mere four albino pumas known to exist in the world.
The zoo's veterinarian, Carlos Molina, confirmed that both the cub and its mother are in good health. The albino cub's white fur makes it more susceptible to the sun's rays, so special care is being taken to ensure its survival.
Molina has yet to determine the cub's gender, as the zoo is allowing it to bond with its mother. The albino baby is being housed separately from its siblings, as mother pumas can become confused or stressed by other odors, leading to potential attacks.
The Thomas Belt Zoo expressed its commitment to animal welfare and the specific needs of the albino cub. In a translated Facebook post, the zoo stated, "We are striving to provide the best conditions the breed requires for its survival. We hope to allow your appreciation and enjoyment in a little while."
Potential Increase in Visitors
The zoo, which typically receives up to 60,000 visitors annually, may see an increase in attendance as people come to witness one of the rarest animals in the world.