Five lion cubs born at Omaha zoo
Four of them are on view with their mom, Mfisha, and their aunt, Ahadi, in the Cat Complex. But for one of the females, this week has been a struggle to survive.
The cub was born smaller than her brothers and sisters — 2.2 pounds to their 2.8 to 3.5 birth weights. When she was 48 hours old, the cub was removed to the zoo hospital because she was undernourished and not able to compete with the others for food. She lives in an incubator for human babies and has been on a continuous feeding schedule.
If the cub continues to improve, the zoo will try to reintegrate her with the family in a week or so. The cub's incubator has soiled straw from her siblings' enclosure to help keep her socialized with the family.
Zoo visitors shouldn't be surprised to see the lion cubs have pale spotted markings similar to other kinds of cats.
“People think of lions being only the tawny color,” said Dan Cassidy, general curator at the Omaha zoo. “But they have variations,” which show up more when they are young.
Critical thinking challenge: How does soiled straw keep the lion cub socialized with the family?
Define these words: tawny, incubator
- Posted on January 6, 2013