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Lucy's Himalayan cousins

One cub was sitting high up on a rock watching the world go by.
Dad was taking it easy round the back of the enclosure.
Cub no.2, looking rather pensive.
Look at the size of those paws!
Time for an afternoon nap.
I decided to make the most of my day off today with a trip to Marwell Zoo to see the Snow Leopard cubs who were born there this summer. When I first arrived they were nowhere to be seen but by the time I returned this afternoon two of the cubs were up and about and very happy to pose for my camera. They seemed very intrigued by all their visitors and proved to be particularly good at looking straight into my lens with complete concentration. I wonder what Lucy would make of her Himalayan cousins? They’re certainly a good deal bigger than her and, even at only six months old, these youngsters have paws about six time the size of Lucy’s!
????? Oh my, Helen... I do love the Snow Leopard... Such a beautiful creature... Beautiful portraits. It's rare to meet it in wildlife...
It goes into my favs :) Thanks.
????? · 2011-11-25: 16:08
helys Wow
Really beautiful and lovely animal
Great angles, colours, textures of the furs
Nice expression on the faces
helys · 2011-11-25: 16:13
yellodog What wonderfully cuddly creatures.
yellodog · 2011-11-25: 16:13
lookagain Oh my goodness, they are just gorgeous! Love the expression you caught in #2! I think it's a good thing for Lucy to stay home when you go visit them!!
lookagain · 2011-11-25: 16:15
giancaf fantastic "big" cat
giancaf · 2011-11-25: 16:16
Yves51 awesome cat well done...
Yves51 · 2011-11-25: 16:19
andreacammarata beautiful!!! :)
andreacammarata · 2011-11-25: 17:37
tomie beautiful animal! 4 in my favs!
tomie · 2011-11-25: 17:39
NellyBly Fantastic shots of these beauties..love #2..so beautiful.
NellyBly · 2011-11-25: 19:37
danrav #6 to my faves! Beautifully shot, Helen. When I watch my Kitty walk around, I often think about her as part of the larger cat family and compare her movements and behaviors to the big cats! Amazing!!!!
danrav · 2011-11-25: 20:41
liveandletlive Magnificent Helen. Such beautiful creatures! Wonderfully captured.
liveandletlive · 2011-11-25: 23:33
josy63 An impressive and magnificent series. I like the glance of the leopard of 4.Bravo Helen for this pics
josy63 · 2011-11-26: 00:31
Davorka really wonderful series, fantastic shots !Very lovely they look in your capture.:)
Davorka · 2011-11-26: 01:28
mystic1 Wow beautiful captures well done
mystic1 · 2011-11-26: 01:39
hannamagnusson Perfect portrait set of beautiful animals!
hannamagnusson · 2011-11-26: 05:30
Annbramwell Incredible animals, those paws are rather huge, just imagine the size of the claws they are hiding!
Annbramwell · 2011-11-26: 08:07
lukesmom Beautiful shots! I love the cubs!
lukesmom · 2011-11-26: 08:16
Jarvo Oh wow - love that head-on look.
Jarvo · 2011-11-26: 12:26
Ryana Dad his look is amazing and so is nr 4's
Beautiful animals!!
Ryana · 2011-11-26: 12:30
JustmeG excellent captures! my favorite kind of subject to photograph :-)
JustmeG · 2011-11-26: 16:17
davids Beautiful images. Can't say that I like zoos but I know these days some of them do valuable preservation/conservation work. These are delightful shots and such brilliant results for such a high ISO... I remember a time when these would have been a grainy mess.
davids · 2011-11-28: 06:13
MsCumberdale Wonderful portraits :)
MsCumberdale · 2011-12-20: 18:12
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