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The Smithsonian's National Zoo releases video of three-day-old lion cubs

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 00:24

Jan. 27 - Two lion cubs appear to be healthy and active, according to zoo officials. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION The Smithsonian's National Zoo released video Monday of three-day-old lion cubs, the first litter of African lion cubs at the zoo in four years. The first cub was born at 3:58 a.m. local time on January 24 with the second surviving cub being born at 11:24 a.m. Ten-year-old lion Nababiep gave birth to a stillborn cub at 8:51 a.m. Both surviving cubs appear to be healthy and active, according to zoo officials. It is the third litter for Nababiep and the fourth for the male lion, eight-year-old Luke. Zoo officials warn the mortality rate for lion cubs in captivity is half what is it for cubs born in the wild, about 30 percent compared to a 67 percent, so the staff is taking care to make sure the female Nababiep can get the solitude she needs to care for her young to make sure they thrive. The cubs will not be on exhibit to the public until late spring.

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The Smithsonian's National Zoo releases video of three-day-old lion cubs

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 00:24