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To keep the new litter of lion cubs safe and warm, Woodland Park Zoo is keeping the cubs and their mother Adia in a "maternity den." But fans can watch them grow and explore their space through the Zoo's popular YouTube channel:
As per the zoo's policy, caretakers are staying as far away as possible from the new mother, to allow her to bond with her cubs in a quiet environment.
The zoo staff reports that "we are monitoring the litter via an internal web cam and we’re very pleased with Adia’s maternal care and protectiveness." The cubs, born Nov. 8., started to explore their space by the time they were one-week-old.
Both Adia and the cub's father, Hubert, belong to the South African subspecies, Panthera leo krugeri, also known as the Transvaal lion.
The zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for African lions which matches animals in North American zoos based on genetic diversity and demographic stability. Adia originally came from Ohio’s Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in 2010.
Her cubs are the first born at the Seattle zoo in twenty years.