Himani, snow leopard whose seven cubs helped conservation efforts, dies aged 17

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A snow leopard which gained widespread attention for giving birth to seven cubs, contributing to efforts to protect her species, has died at 17 years old, a New Jersey zoo said on Sunday.

Himani reared four litters of cubs at a time when snow leopard breeding success was at a low point, according to a statement from Cape May County Zoo which also said the cat was “peacefully euthanized” on Friday, “following a battle with cancer”.

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