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June 19, 2014

Video Interlude: The Philadelphia Zoo’s First-Ever Black-Footed Kittens Make Their Public Debut

 
Major cute alert!

The Philadelphia Zoo is now home to three black-footed cat kittens named Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion — Game of Thrones fans, you might recognize those names.

Housed within the Carnivore Kingdom at The Zoo, the kittens were born in April and are the first black-footed cat kittens ever to be born at The Philadelphia Zoo.

Black-footed cats are the smallest type of cat in the world — even smaller than house cats — which makes the three kittens the smallest kittens anywhere in the world right now (!).

The youngest residents required special attention as their exhibit had to be baby-proofed with more climbing structures, a lower water level and more.

Full-grown black-footed cats weigh no more than 4.5 pounds, which makes the kittens seriously small and weighing in at just over one pound. Their natural habitat is in Africa — through Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

General Admission to The Philadelphia Zoo is $20 for adults, $18 for children ages 2 to 11 and free for children under 2. General admission includes prime spots to watch the kittens.

See below for your daily dose of cuteness.
 

Say hello to The Philadelphia Zoo's first-ever (and super cute!) black-footed kittens, which were born in April. (Photo courtesy The Philadelphia Zoo)

More adorable pictures and another video, below.
 

Black-footed cats often turn hollowed out termite mounds into their home, pictured above. (Photo courtesy The Philadelphia Zoo)


 

Go see the kittens for yourself! Even if you can't make it there while they are technically kittens, they remain small throughout their lives. (Photo courtesy The Philadelphia Zoo)


 

The Carnivore Kingdom at The Philadelphia Zoo is now home to three adorable black-footed cat kittens.
(Photo courtesy The Philadelphia Zoo)

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