Friday, November 16, 2012

Lion cubs at one week

Posted by: Gigi Allianic, Communications

Adia with cubs at two days old. Photo by zookeeper Pam Cox/Woodland Park Zoo.
Born a week ago, the zoo’s four lion cubs continue to grow and are showing positive signs of good health.


Three-year-old mother Adia and her cubs are together in an off-view maternity den where the family can bond in a quieter environment. We have been monitoring the litter via an internal web cam and we’re very pleased with Adia’s maternal care and protectiveness. As a first-time mother, she’s providing attentive care the way a good mother lion naturally does.

All four cubs appear to be healthy and their eyes have opened. As far as we can tell, each cub is nursing and demonstrating increased mobility. Our intent is to leave mom alone as much as possible without intervening. As part of our exemplary neonatal care program, we will conduct periodic exams. The earliest target date for their first checkup is next week.

The cubs will go out for public viewing when they are older and outdoor temperatures reach a minimum of 50 degrees. Until then, zoo-goers can watch recorded video of the cubs at a kiosk stationed at the lion exhibit or at Zoomazium, the zoo’s indoor nature play area. Updated footage and images also will be posted on www.zoo.org/lioncubs as they are made available.

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