Local lion cubs on the prowl

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April 13, 2012 - 4:51pm
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Two lion cubs — a boy and a girl — are enjoying the fresh air at Saskatoon’s forestry farm.

The pair has grown rapidly since they were born in September and now they are on display for the public.

“It’s important to allow the cubs to grow and mature before exposing them to the outdoor exhibit,” said John Moran, manager of the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo.

The cubs have gained more than 30 kilograms over the past seven months, and can even be seen playing roughly with the father, Moran said.

“It is great to see the interactions between both adults and the cubs. It’s just something that you don’t see every day,” he said.

Most of the lion population seen in exhibits across the country has become aged and geriatric, so it’s important to have new genes and young animals raised to replace them, Moran said.

The Forestry Farm is launching a contest to name the cubs in the next few weeks.

For information on admission rates and hours of operation visit www.saskatoon.ca and look under “S” for Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo.

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