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3 lion cubs to make public debut at Hogle Zoo

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Posted at 11:53 AM, May 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-14 13:53:57-04
Courtesy of Hogle Zoo

Courtesy of Hogle Zoo

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Hogle Zoo announced the upcoming debut of three lion cubs born earlier this year.

Brutus, Titus and Calliope, born Feb. 24, will make their first public appearance Monday. They are the first lion cubs to be born in the zoo in the last 27 years.

Brutus and Titus are male and Calliope is female. Born at about two pounds each, zoo officials report, each cub now weighs about 20 to 26 pounds.

Their parents are Baron (male) and Nabu (female), who were brought to the zoo for the 2014 opening of the zoo’s African Savanna area.

“The cubs bonded great with mom, Nabu, who had been a perfect first-time mother: attentive, protective and loving,” zoo officials state.

The cubs will live with the rest of pride, which include their father, “aunt” Seyla and “uncle” Vulcan at Lion’s Hill.

Hogle Zoo, 2600 E. Sunnyside Avenue, opens to the public at 9 a.m.