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Milwaukee County Zoo displays new jaguar cubs

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee County Zoo is displaying jaguar cubs for the first time since 1975.

Visitors had only previously been able to watch the three-month old brothers through a web camera. They made their debut on Wednesday.

They are important because they're introducing new genes to the endangered species' captive population. Unlike most zoo babies, their father, Pat, was born in the wild.

He was captured in Central America after being deemed a problem for attacking cattle. He also has a book named after him, "Pat the Great Cat: A Jaguars Journey," which was written by children in Milwaukee and Belize as part of a literacy program.

One cub will be named in a local contest and the other will be named by children from Belize who helped with the book.

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