Five lion cubs, two males and three females, were born at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium last Saturday.
Four of the cubs are on display with the mother and aunt at the Cat Complex. One of the female cubs is currently off-display in the hospital receiving 'round the clock care. She was smaller than the other cubs and didn't compete well for food.
At 24 hours old, animal care staff gave her fluids to keep her hydrated. At 48 hours old, the decision was made to remove the cub to the hospital for hand-rearing. The cub weighed 2.2 pounds while the other cubs ranged in weight from 2.8 pounds to 3.5 pounds. In the hospital, intravenous support was provided and the cub is now being bottle fed.
The cub now appears to be stronger and more vigorous, but she will continue to need intensive care. When the cub's health is stable and she is gaining weight, she will be introduced back with her mother and siblings while keepers provide her with extra feedings throughout the day when the mother is briefly shifted to a nearby enclosure.