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Lion Cubs at the National Zoo

The National Zoo in Washington D.C. is host to seven lion cubs!  The first four lion cubs were born to lioness Shera on August 31 while the second three cubs were born to Shera’s sister Naba on September 22.  The cubs made their public debut at the zoo late last week and can now be seen outside everyday around 12:30 pm for about an hour, weather permitting.

Lion cubs at the National Zoo

Lioness and cubs at National Zoo

Lion cub at National Zoo
Photos by Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian’s National Zoo
(See more photos at the Smithsonian’s Flickr page.)

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the lion cubs from when they were first born to their public debut in the video below:

You can also catch live footage of the lion cubs using the National Zoo’s Lion Cub Cam. (If you don’t want to sign up for their e-newsletter, click the red X on the top right of the video box. You may also need to install a plugin depending on what browser you’re using.)

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