Last week, the zoo's African lions, Mekita and Reilly, became the parents of four cubs.
The quadruplets are the zoo's first lion cubs since
Mekita and Reilly bred at the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Lion Species Survival Plan, which will also recommend where the cubs will ultimately live.
Zoo staff haven't handled the cubs yet, so their gender and exact size is unknown. The staff will discuss how to name them later this week.
Zoo visitors will be able to view the lions this fall. A spokesman said zoo officials hope the lions will stay in
"In the wild, male cubs leave the pride they are born into," said
Mommy Mekita is resting in her secluded den with the new arrivals. No one -- including the cubs' father -- has visited the cubs yet. But lion lovers can glimpse the nursing cubs from a hidden camera on the zoo's Facebook page.
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