updated 11/17/2013 AT 5:30 PM ET
•originally published 11/15/2013 AT 12:00 PM ET
The Central Park Zoo’s new snow leopard cubs are the toast of New York, and for good reason. They’re the first snow leopards ever born in Central Park, and they’re friendly, fluffy and totally adorable.
They are not, however, clouded leopards … which is too bad, because clouded leopards are objectively the best cat the animal kingdom has ever produced.
Don’t believe us? Here are 10 facts that will change your mind.
Clouded leopard kittens look like stuffed animals come to life
Their unusual spot pattern makes them look as if they’re wearing snakeskin all the time
Their eyes are incredibly entrancing
National Geographic calls the clouded leopard "beautiful" and "mysterious"
But in captivity, they are super friendly and sociable
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They are halfway between the big cats (lions, tigers) and the small cats (ocelots), which makes them the best of both worlds
The San Diego Zoo describes their sound as "a soft chuffle"
They are some of the best tree-climbers in the animal kingdom
Because when you tell people clouded leopards are your favorite animal people will ask you, "You mean snow leopards?" and you will laugh and laugh and laugh
And finally, because they are 30 pounds of pure joy
How could they not be your favorite animal?
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