The kittens got a special treat recently: live crickets!
At the Zoo, our black-footed cats are fed a commercial mix of raw meat formulated specially for exotic cats. They also receive enrichment in the form of small rodents and insects like mealworms and crickets, all of which is managed by our nutritionist to ensure all of their dietary needs are met.
The brown paper bags you see in this video contained crickets — until the kittens discovered them. This is the first time they had ever encountered live crickets, so they were a bit uncertain at first, but it wasn’t long before their predatory instincts kicked in — via Youtube