Meet the North Carolina Zoo’s baby sand cat Layla

Zoo Filez

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Life continued at the North Carolina Zoo even when it was shut down during the middle of a pandemic. 

This summer, sand cat Naja gave birth to a tiny baby girl named Layla. 

Zookeepers brought the mom and dad sand cats in three years ago to breed. 

It took a while, but finally, the two produced the kitten.   

Keepers say Layla’s a big deal because these cats are hard to find in the wild and very few live in zoos. 

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, guests can’t see Layla yet. 

You can watch her on this week’s Zoo Filez though. Shannon Smith gives us a look.

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