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Kansas City Zoo welcomes 2 sand cat kittens

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Posted at 5:53 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 18:53:24-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Zoo announced on Tuesday two purrfect additions to its cat family.

Alya, a sand cat, became a first-time mom with the birth of her kittens roughly six weeks ago.

The kittens – a boy and a girl – weigh just more than one pound and are active and healthy, according to a Kansas City Zoo Facebook post.

“They are great climbers and play a lot with each other and with their mom,” the post said. "They love to chase her tail!”

Sand cats, native to Northern Africa, are considered at a conservation status of “least concern,” according to the zoo, because their population is stable in Africa.

The kittens are not yet available for public viewing due to colder temperatures.