Lion Cubs Turn 1-Month-Old

By: Ann McIntire Email
By: Ann McIntire Email

With frigid temperatures Thursday, it may seem like a day for the polar bear, but the real party at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo was at the Cat Complex.

The five adorable little lion cubs were born December 29th and the zoo held a month birthday celebration for them, complete with meat cupcakes.

All five lion cubs are on display with their mother and aunt. Zookeepers say they were very active on the morning of their celebration, skipping their usual catnaps.

"They start out being just small little fuzzy things when they're born, now they've tripled in weight in 30 days," said Zoo Director Dennis Pate.

"They're starting to move around, their eyes are open and they're starting to get little personalities and even the youngest one, not the youngest, but the smallest one, who we've had to give extra feedings to, doesn't want them anymore because she's competing very well with her brothers and sisters for food."

Pate said their personalities have been fun to watch develop. "The keepers are calling one of them 'Tank' because when he makes his mind to go somewhere, he runs over his brothers and sisters to get there. There's one we call 'The Runt' or 'The Hospital Cub.' It follows it's brothers and sisters a little bit more, but we're just really happy it's part of the group again."

Normally, the zoo holds a naming contest for a new addition, but since there are five cubs, they're trying to decide what the process will be. Pate said there could be an online contest in the next few months.

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