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Snow leopards are endangered and spotting cubs in their den is very rare. The researchers tracked the cubs’ mother for several months using a GPS system in her collar. They entered the den to examine the cubs after the mother left, presumably to go on a hunt. Mother-cub bonding happens immediately after birth … o there’s no risk that she’ll abandon the cubs after human contact. The researchers tagged the cubs with small chips and also plan to track them through camera traps set up throughout the area.