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`CATS O' THE WORLD' EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY AT BYU MUSEUM

Big cats, a major attraction at zoos as they prowl behind bars, are now a close-up attraction at Brigham Young University's Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, according to Doug Cox, assistant director of the museum.

"Cats o' the World" is a new display featuring big and smaller cats from various continents. Admission to the exhibit is free and the museum is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.The exhibit will remain on display through December.

"Visitors can gaze into the eyes of a snarling leopard less than six inches away or look at a cuddly-seeming snow leopard that could kill yaks weighing more than 400 pounds," Cox said.

The cats, for the most part, have been retrieved from storage and other areas of the museum. The one exception is the snow leopard, which was acquired only recently, Cox said.