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Asian lion cub born at Dublin Zoo

1 of 1 Dublin Zoo now wants members of the public to suggest a name for the new arrival, based on his Asian origin All photos: Patrick Bolger
Dublin Zoo now wants members of the public to suggest a name for the new arrival, based on his Asian origin All photos: Patrick Bolger

First-time mum Zuri, "experienced dad" Kumar and the staff at Dublin Zoo are celebrating the birth of their male Asian lion cub.

Dublin Zoo team leader Ciarán McMahon said: "We're thrilled about the arrival of the cub. He has a wonderfully playful and curious personality."

McMahon continued: "It's lovely to see Zuri taking to her role as a new mum so well and Kumar is as cool and calm as ever. At two months old he [the cub] now weighs an estimated 6.6kg.

"In the past, Dublin Zoo was very successful breeding African lions. It is now of great conservation importance that zoos maintain a viable population of critically endangered Asian lions."

There are less than 350 Asian lions in the wild.

Dublin Zoo now wants members of the public to suggest a name for the new arrival, based on his Asian origin. 

Suggestions can be submitted at: www.facebook.com/dublinzoo.

Asian lion cub

Asian lion cub

Asian lion cub

Asian lion cub

Asian lion cub

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