Lol, nah... she shuts them for the first few seconds of the yawn but always opens them before she finishes the yawn, which I agree is pretty odd. It is actually pretty funny because she is very dramatic about yawning and usually keeps her fangs bared for a few seconds even after she is done yawning.
Thank you! And good catch! She's from the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence. I go to both zoos a lot so I wrote Rosamond Gifford out of habit. Thanks for noticing so I could fix it.
The Roger Williams Zoo has a really cool Himilayas section with the this girl, two moon bears, a red panda, and a pair of Takin brothers. It's my favorite section of the zoo and all of those animals love the winter! I recommend going to see them while it's still cold out since they'll be more active (the zoo is half-price for winter right now too and the snow leopard most just sleeps in the summer).
I know! Ro tends to be a pretty cooperative snow leopard for 'intense' photos since she always looks annoyed from her markings (and she is also the only snow leopard I've met who actually has bright blue eyes and not gray ones).