Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

3 Lion Cubs Born at Jacksonville Zoo; Genders Not Known Yet; They're Scheduled to Get Their First Checkup Thursday ... If Their Mother Will Cooperate

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

3 Lion Cubs Born at Jacksonville Zoo; Genders Not Known Yet; They're Scheduled to Get Their First Checkup Thursday ... If Their Mother Will Cooperate

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Byline: David Crumpler

Three new residents of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, lion cubs born Sept. 10, are scheduled to get their first checkup from zoo staff Thursday morning.

With Mom's cooperation, of course.

If Tamu won't separate from her cubs, the exam will be delayed until the mother can be temporarily shifted into a separate den to allow staff to quickly and safely handle them, according to a news release from the zoo.

The genders of the cubs, whose birth was announced Wednesday, have not been determined.

This is the third litter for Tamu, 7, and the first for the father, Catali, 8.

Tamu's two previous litters were both single cubs, and the first one did not survive. Her second cub, Gigi, was hand-reared by staff because Tamu did not take to nursing, but was successfully reintroduced at 3 1/2 months.

Based on a species survival plan breeding recommendation, Gigi, now 2, will be transferred to the Denver Zoo. The program cooperatively manages lions throughout the country. …

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