Ohio's Zoo's Lion Cubs Ready For Public Stage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio zoo is ready to show off three of its newest additions, lion cubs born a couple of months ago.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says beginning Tuesday Kitambi and his two sisters, Adia and Mekita, will be allowed to roam in an outdoor habitat each day, if weather allows.

The cubs were born Sept. 22 to first-time mother Asali and were the first African lion cubs born at the Columbus Zoo in nearly a quarter century.

Their father, Tomo, also lives at the zoo.

Kitambi was named by zoo staff, using the Swahili word for "pride" to reflect the cub's take-charge personality.

The names for the two females came from winners of a name-the-cubs fundraising auction.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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