This just in from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium:
Two 6-week-old clouded leopard cubs at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium received their names today. A total of 5,317 votes were submitted online over the past month through the zoo’s website and Facebook pages.
The male will be called Taji (TA-jee), meaning “little brother” in Burmese, and the female is Sumalee (su-ma-LEE), meaning “flower” in Thai. Taji ran away with the male selections with 44 percent of the votes, and Sumalee won with 29 percent.
Zoo staff came up with five options for each cub with the majority of names coming from Thailand, one of the native habitats for endangered clouded leopards.
The cubs, born on June 14, can be seen daily during zoo hours in the cub den of the zoo’s soon-to-open Cats of the Canopy exhibit. They also have two public feedings in the cub den each day at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.