LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — As Disney fans might say, it’s the circle of life!
An African lioness at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in D.C. gave birth to a litter of cubs Friday.
It’s the zoo’s first litter of African lion cubs in four years.
The 10-year-old lioness, Nababiep, delivered three cubs. Two survived. They are the third litter for Nababiep and the fourth for 8-year-old father, Luke.
“Nababiep and her two cubs have been under close observation throughout the weekend by the Zoo’s animal care team,” according to a news release from the zoo. “They appear to be nursing, moving and vocalizing well, so keepers have not needed to intervene.”
The cubs will not be on exhibit until late spring, which will give the zoo’s animal keepers and veterinary team time to examine them.