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Some Incredibly Cute Photos of the new African Lion Cubs and Check out the Lion Cub Cam

by Prince Of Petworth February 6, 2014 at 1:46 pm 3 Comments

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Photo Credit: Karen Abbott, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

From the National Zoo:

“A few days ago, African lion mother Naba spent some time away from her cubs and enjoyed a special oxtail treat with her sister, Shera. Keepers took the opportunity to get their first in-person look at the cubs. Their report: they are adorable! In order to distinguish the two, keepers shaved a small mark on each cub. The smaller, who weighs 7.6 lbs, has a shave mark on his/her left shoulder. The larger cub, who weighs 8.26 lbs, has a small shave mark at the base of his/her tail. Animal care staff have not yet verified the cubs’ sex. (Just shy of 2 weeks old, the cubs’ genetalia have not fully developed.)

When Naba returned to the cubbing den, she groomed and nursed the cubs. She didn’t show any signs of stress. Keepers gave her the option to move the cubs to a different set of cubbing dens, but Naba choose to keep them where they were. Watch our little lion family grow on the Cub Cam.”

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