Poli, Oncilla / Sao Paulo Zoo

Poli, Oncilla / Sao Paulo Zoo

On 14 January, the Sao Paulo Zoo in Brazil welcomed a new resident, a male baby Oncilla named Poli. (It’s pronounced AWN-sill-uh, by the way.) The cub’s mother, Luiza, is one of the last melanistic Oncilla remaining in captivity today. Melanism is a genetic mutation causing dark pigmentation, so rather than being spotted, Luiza’s coat is entirely black. Despite the mother’s mutation, Poli was born with the more common spotted fur pattern — via ooBorns

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