Australia zoo welcomes 3 new lion cubs after birth complications

AUSTRALIA — A zoo in Sydney, Australia, says two of its lions have welcomed three new lion cubs last month.

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Taronga Western Plains Zoo announced Friday that its lions, Marion and Lwazi, welcomed their first litter of cubs on April 7. The zoo noted in a post on Facebook that these births symbolize a new genetic line for its regional breed program.

The zoo also says that the new first-time mom, Marion, had some complications. They say she was able to deliver two of the cubs on her own but needed medical assistance for the rest. The zookeepers along with the veterinary team performed a C-section. One cub was stillborn and another was born healthy.

“Within a few hours of the surgery, Marion was reunited with her three healthy cubs and her incredible mothering instincts kicked in. She set about ensuring all three cubs were clean and suckling, and neither she nor they have looked back since,” said the zoo.

Over the next few weeks, mom will be bonding with her cubs behind the scenes and eventually, dad will get to meet them.