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Recently-born lynx cub dies at Nashville Zoo

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A female Eurasian lynx cub that was born earlier this month died Tuesday of pneumonia.

"Like all of our newborns, the lynx cub went through frequent exams," said Dr. Heather Robertson, senior veterinarian. "She showed no signs of illness. She was eating just fine, gaining weight and doing well by all measurable accounts."

Initial necropsy results show signs of pneumonia. The zoo said that additional tests to determine the cause of pneumonia are underway.

The Nashville Zoo is home to three Eurasian lynx, a male and female on exhibit, and a male, known as Blitz, that is a part of the Zoo's "Wildlife on Wheels" program.

Eurasian lynx are the largest of the lynx species and are native to Central Asian, European and Siberian forests. While not listed as endangered, Eurasian lynx are rarely seen in some parts of its home range.

Two female clouded leopard cubs born in April

In addition to the recently-born lynx, two female clouded leopard cubs were born at the zoo on April 30.

Earlier this year, the zoo announced the birth of three other clouded leopards.

"Since 2009, 20 leopards have been born at Nashville Zoo, and in the last year alone, Nashville Zoo welcomed the births of more clouded leopards than at all the world's zoos combined," said Nashville Zoo president Rick Schwartz. "We are proud to be on the forefront of clouded leopard conservation."

Due to deforestation, pet trade and poaching, clouded leopards are considered endangered in their native range of Southeast Asia and China, and recently listed as extinct in Taiwan.

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