VIDEO SHOWS: BABY JAGUARS WITH MOTHER, ZOO VISITOR RAYMONDE CONTENSOUS SAYING THAT SHE'S HAPPY TO SEE THE BABY JAGUARS, VETERINARIAN ALEXIS LECU SAYING THE MOTHER OF THE BABIES DOES ALL THE WORK OF LOOKING AFTER THEM, BABY FOSSAS PLAYING IN ENCLOSURE
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PARIS, FRANCE (AUGUST 24, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
1.VARIOUS OF MOTHER JAGUAR WITH BABY JAGUAR
2.VISITORS BY ENCLOSURE
3. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FREQUENT VISITOR TO ZOO, RAYMONDE CONTENSOUS, 67, FROM PARIS, SAYING:
"It's absolutely moving because she (the mother) is extremely tender with her babies. We're used to seeing her with her mate, Aramis, and we know her well. But we've never seen her so maternal like this, with her babies. But also, felines are always so moving. Who doesn't fall in love with baby cats? They're a little bigger than others cats, but it's the same thing."
4. BABY JAGUAR WITH MOTHER IN ENCLOSURE
5. MOTHER JAGUAR IN ENCLOSURE
6. POSTER SHOWING FACTS ON JAGUAR
7. (SOUNDBITE) (French) VETERINARIAN AND ZOO'S DIRECTOR OF SCIENCE, ALEXIS LECU, SAYING:
"We look after them (baby jaguars) very scarcely, it's the mother that does all the work. It's very tiring work. When we see her on some days, I think that she must already be a little fed up. But she looks after them really very very well. We just manage and anticipate things. You see this platform she came out onto for the first time today, we worked with teams of carers and gardeners to make sure it wouldn't create a trap for the little ones."
8. VARIOUS OF BABY FOSSAS PLAYING IN ENCLOSURE
9. BABY FOSSA EATING MEAT
10. (SOUNDBITE) (French) VETERINARIAN AND ZOO'S DIRECTOR OF SCIENCE, ALEXIS LECU, SAYING:
"They're not a feline (the fossa), they look like cats because of their slightly elongated shape, very svelte with very very long tails. They love being in the trees and are very good at climbing and jumping from branch to branch. They grow to up to 10-15 kilos as adults, so they are already beautiful animals. And it's a very solitary species. You don't find groups of fossas, the best you will see is what we have now, a mother and its offspring. Apart from that, they're a species that are always on their own."
11. FOSSA IN ENCLOSURE
12. VISITOR LOOKING THROUGH GLASS INTO ENCLOSURE
13; FOSSA IN ENCLOSURE
14. PARIS ZOO SIGN SAYING (French): "PARIS ZOO, A WORLD TO EXPLORE"
STORY: The Paris Zoo unveiled two baby jaguars and three Fossas to the public on Friday (August 24).
The newest members of the zoo were moved to their outside enclosure for the public to see.
The two baby female jaguars, called Lenca and Aloha, born on July 7, weighed about 4 kilos (2.2 lbs) at birth. They can grow up to eight feet (2.4 meters) in length and weigh up to 120 kilos (264 lbs).
There are about 150,000 to 200,000 jaguars left in the wild.
Two male Fossas, baptised Telo and Mahani, and a female called Sakani were born on June 8 to much excitement in the zoo, because due to the species' extremely solitary nature, getting them to mate was a challenge.
Fossas are carnivorous cat-like animals related to mongooses and are native to Madagascar, where only 2,000 of the species remain, and are in vulnerable state.
They can live more than 20 years and grow to weigh 12-13 kilos (26 to 28 kilos).
Sujet réalisé en août 2018 pour Thomson Reuters. Maxime Buchot.