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NC Zoo adds lion cubs

Posted August 6, 2014

— Mekita and Reilly's cubs won't be on exhibit until later in the fall, but the North Carolina Zoo posted a video sneak peek today on Facebook. 

It's the first time since 2006 that the zoo has celebrated the birth of lion cubs. This little pack of four was born July 30, and zookeepers have yet to determine their gender.

It they are male, these babies will ultimately be separated from their parents, said Jennifer Ireland, an animal management supervisor. “In the wild, male cubs leave the pride they are born into. In addition, many AZA zoos are looking for lions, so our new cubs will eventually go to a new home.”

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  • Claytonmomof2 Aug 12, 2014

    So sweet!

  • Kerry Straughn Aug 7, 2014

    "zookeepers have yet to determine their gender"

    No kidding, my daughter works there, she says it is very important not to interrupt the bonding time for the first month or so. Besides, who in their right mind is going to reach in and take them away from mama to check?

  • Coolsteel Aug 7, 2014

    This is such a great zoo. Great article. Thanks for posting such a positive, happy story.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 6, 2014

    Awww, bless their hearts. May the live long happy lives, with little interference from mankind - which isn't always kind, especially to animals.