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AKRON -- The new snow leopard cubs at the Akron Zoo took their turn celebrating Halloween on Thursday morning by pouncing on a trio of pumpkins.

Raj and Sabu, which were both born at the Akron Zoo on May 14, clawed, chewed and rolled the pumpkins around in their pen as their mother watched over.

Zoo staff gave the leopards the pumpkins for enrichment and to play with out on exhibit.

Photos: Akron Zoo leopard cubs pounce on pumpkins

Snow leopards are an endangered species and only nine have been born so far this year that are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Specials Survival Plan in the United States. According to the Akron Zoo, snow leopards are an endangered species primarily due to loss of habitat, illegal poaching for their pelts and body parts and killings by local herders when a snow leopard has preyed on their livestock.

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There are only believed to be as few as 4,000 left in the wild.

Photos: Akron Zoo's baby snow leopards

The Akron Zoo is currently celebrating the Halloween season with Boo at the Zoo, which continues Oct. 26-28.

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