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Published on May 31, 2012

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A little puma cub named "Missoula" made her debut at Berlin's Tierpark zoo today, May 30. Born in April, the cub marks the first successful puma birth at the zoo in 22 years.

[Christian Kern, Mammal Curator]:
"We are excited about this puma cub because it's the first one growing up at Berlin's Tierpark in 22 years. The last successful birth and upbringing was in December 1990. Since then, we had births but they were not successful because the cubs had to be born by Caesarian section and they did not survive."




Seven-weeks old Missoula is the daughter of Canadian-born mother, Cheyenne, and German-born father, Gary. Cheyenne actually gave birth to triplets, but only Missoula survived.

Zoo officials decided to hand-rear the little puma after her mother neglected previous cubs she gave birth to.

Missoula already has troves of adoring fans. The cub is showing interest in eating beef and mice, among other things, and weighs a healthy 7 pounds.

In five to six months, Missoula's spotted fur will turn into reddish brown as she slowly starts looking like an adult puma. In the meantime, her many admirers are sure to watch her every move.

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