2011-10-13 / Local & State

Snow Leopard Cubs Set For Minor Eye Surgery

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A pair of four-month- old snow leopard cubs in Philadelphia will undergo minor surgery to correct eyelid abnormalities that could cause discomfort.

The Philadelphia Zoo says the 20-pound brothers, Kimti (KIM'-tee) and Dian (DI'-an), are otherwise healthy.

The eye condition, upper eyelid coloboma, leaves a gap at the edge of the eyelid.

The zoo says the problem occurs in both animals and humans, but appears to be more common in snow leopards than other species.

The surgery is expected to take place in the next few weeks, after the cubs are weaned. They will then stay indoors to heal for about two weeks.

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