A rare clouded leopard will live out its life at an animal rescue center in eastern Minnesota after a financially struggling zoo decided to retire the animal.
Wildcat Sanctuary communications manager Holly Henry the 12-year-old female leopard will live in a roughly 6,000 square-foot enclosure.
"She will have a free-roaming habitat of her own, that she will have plenty of space to roam," Henry said. "She'll have heated access so that she can get inside in during the winter."
Clouded leopards are native to southeast Asia. Henry said the sanctuary in Sandstone houses more than 100 wildcats, including tigers, lions and cougars.
Henry declined to name the zoo that returned the leopard.
"We have a pride of lions, and we have many tigers, we have bobcats and we have cougars," Henry said. "And many of the cats such as the cougars or the bobcats unfortunately have been bought