Two Himalayan snow leopards with eye defects were transported Saturday to a Big Bear zoo that intended to keep the pair together and provide continual medical care.
Asha and Shanti had a relatively rare congenital eye anomaly that led to the removal of their right eyes to prevent infection and other complications, according to Big Bear Lake Resort Association news release.
The snow leopards were moved from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Wash., to the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, which was known for its rehabilitation program.
“I’ve been working on getting them to Big Bear for nine months. It’s almost like giving birth,” said Big Bear zoo Curator Debbie Richardson stated in the news release. “Now that they are here I feel like a proud mother who wants to show off her new babies.”