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VIDEO: Happy Father's Day! Lion Cubs Meet Their Dad at National Zoo

Lion cubs made public debut Friday at DC's National Zoo. Watch the video of them meeting their dad Luke last month.

Two of the cubs and a female adult lion explore their outdoor space after debuting to the public at the National Zoo on Friday. Photo credit: Abby Wood, Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Two of the cubs and a female adult lion explore their outdoor space after debuting to the public at the National Zoo on Friday. Photo credit: Abby Wood, Smithsonian’s National Zoo
The four youngest members of the African lion pride at the Smithsonian's National Zoo made their public debut Friday at noon at the Great Cats Exhibit, according to a news release from the zoo.

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.


They will join their mother, aunt Nababiep, and two female half-siblings, on exhibit weather permitting.

The cubs will receive their names in the coming weeks; at the moment, animal care staff identify the cubs by unique shave marks on their hips and shoulders.

For the past seven weeks, keepers have conducted introductions between the cubs, their mothers, and Luke behind-the-scenes. Thus far, all lions have showed interested in one another and their interactions have been positive during those meetings. Eventually, the entire pride will be outside in the yard together.

The cubs will be on exhibit every day as weather and animal behavior allows.

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