Four Littlest Lion Cubs Make Their Public Debut at the Zoo | NBC4 Washington

Four Littlest Lion Cubs Make Their Public Debut at the Zoo

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    Abby Wood, Smithsonian’s National Zoo
    The four youngest members of the African lion pride at zoo were born March 2 to mother Shera and father Luke. The 14-week-old cubs passed their swim test in May and have received all their vaccinations.

    The zoo's four youngest African lion cubs made their debut at the National Zoo Friday afternoon.

    The youngest members of the lion family have been growing up behind the scenes (OK, mostlybehindthescenes) since they were born March 2.

    So far, the cubs have passed their swim test, received all their vaccinations and have started getting friendly with each other as well as their mom and dad. The cubs have yet to be named, and animal care staff use unique shave marks on their hips and shoulders to tell them all apart.

    The cubs have a pair of slightly older half-siblings, who were born in January. All six cubs are now on exhibit. The zoo says the pride will be on display weather-permitting.

    To keep up with the cubs' progress -- we know you want to -- you can follow the National Zoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.