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The newest resident at Mérida’s Centenario zoo. Photo: File

The birth of a jaguar cub in Mérida’s city zoo was announced on Mayor Renan Barrera Concha’s Twitter account.

The feline, which is endemic to the Yucatan, has become an endangered species due to factors such as habitat loss.

The birth of jaguars in captivity is an uncommon occurrence, with the previous birth being recorded in the Culiacán zoo in Northern Mexico. Reproduction of endangered species in captivity is seen as a reason for celebration by conservationist, however, experts warn against placing too much hope on such events without addressing the root causes of the problem.

Zoo authorities have said that they will be launching a contest to come up with a name for the cub, but no further details have been made public. 

The baby jaguar’s caregivers have said the public that the cub is doing very well and is already proven himself to be extremely energetic and playful.

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