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Baby lion cubs get up-close-and personal with visitors at Japanese zoo

Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 01:06

May 1 - Newborn lion cubs are a hit with visitors at a Japanese safari park. Sharon Reich reports.

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These cute little lions are hamming it up for visitors at a Japanese safari park outside of Tokyo. The cubs were born in March and for a limited time zookeepers say it's safe for visitors to get up close and personal. Zoo keeper, Nami Imanaka: SOUNDBITE: Zoo keeper Nami Imanaka, saying (Japanese) : "We do these events so that as many people as possible can see them while they're still this cute, as they can only be touched until they're about three months old." And the crowds, can't seem to get enough. SOUNDBITE: Takahiro Nakane, Safari park visitor saying (Japanese): "If I had a chance then I would indeed like to raise a lion cub. But as I think it would cost quite a bit just to feed it, I'll give it a miss." Some are even making a second trip to see the cubs. SOUNDBITE: 41-year-old Mutsuki Komatsu, Safari park visitor saying (Japanese)" "I had the chance to come with my wife, but since we had a child we also wanted her to have a chance to touch these lion cubs." That chance won't last for long ... Once the cuddly felines learn to fend for themselves, they'll be introduced into the park's pride of lions.

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Baby lion cubs get up-close-and personal with visitors at Japanese zoo

Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 01:06