COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 24 (UPI) — Officials at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium say the first lion cubs to be born at the Ohio institution in 24 years are doing well.
Columbus Zoo assistant curator Harry Peachey said the three African lion cubs born this week have remained in seclusion with their mother, who has begun nursing the newborn cats, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch said Thursday.
“This is a big deal,” Peachey said. “We haven’t had a birth in 24 years.”
“She’s doing a tremendous job,” Peachey added regarding, Asali, a first-time mother lion. “She’s cleaned them, turned them and moved them towards her nipples.”
Zoo veterinarian Dr. Michael Barrie said zookeepers will likely have to wait several more days until they can interrupt the mother-cub interaction to check on the cubs’ health.
Associate zoo director Patty Peters told the Dispatch an official date for the public debut of the cubs, who were born Tuesday, has yet to be determined.
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