Snow leopard cub from Highland Wildlife Park has been put to sleep

A snow leopard cub born at the Highland Wildlife Park in the Cairngorms has been put to sleep.

The four-month-old male had colobomoa, a serious eye condition which causes vision problems and can be very painful.

The four-month-old male had colobomoa, a serious eye condition which causes vision problems and severe pain.

A statement on the park’s Facebook page said: “While surgery can help to relieve pain in some cases, the seriousness of his condition meant we needed to take this incredibly difficult decision following veterinary advice to ensure he did not suffer.

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“We are continuing to monitor our two female cubs, who also have this eye defect though not to the same degree at this time. Our thoughts are with everyone who works with the cubs.”

The cubs were born in August.

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