Clouded leopard cub Tien has a new playmate at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, who one day will become his mate.
Sang Dao, 5 and a half months old, arrived Thursday afternoon from Tanganyika Wildlife Park near Wichita, Kan.
She’s been settling into her new zoo, and keepers have started introducing her to Tien, who was born May 1 at Point Defiance, they said.
“She’s a go-getter girl with high energy,” said senior staff biologist Andy Goldfarb.
Sang Dao will be visible to visitors in the cub den at the zoo, and she and Tien will sometimes appear there together.
Clouded leopards breed at about 2 years old.
With Sang Dao, the zoo has seven of the endangered animals.
There are 96 in North American zoos, and it is not known how many live in their native habitat in Southeast Asia, according to Point Defiance.