The mother and all four cubs are reported to be doing well, but won't be on exhibit until this fall.
The zoo staff, however, will be celebrating the cubs' arrival and lions on Saturday for
The zoo announced Wednesday afternoon that its female lion, Mekita, and male lion, Reilly, became the parents of four cubs last week. Lions typically have from one to four cubs in a litter.
It's been nearly eight years since there's been a lion birth at the zoo. Reilly was the father of three cubs born in
Zoo officials are uncertain of the gender of the four cubs which will remain at the zoo for the next year.
"Male cubs don't stay with their father," said
All of the zoo's previous cubs have been transferred to other zoos in
The cubs and their mother are secluded inside a den at the zoo's lion exhibit. A video of Mekita and her cubs is available at the following N.C. Zoo Facebook link: http://ow.ly/A1tOx.
The cubs' arrival is appropriate for the zoo's 2014 anniversary celebration for which the lion is the signature animal for the theme "40 Wild Years, 1974-2014. Something To Roar About."
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