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Image description: At the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, March came in like a lion — four lions, to be exact — 9-year-old African lion Shera gave birth to a litter at the Great Cats exhibit. 
Their delivery March 2 spanned a seven-hour period, from 8:27 a.m. to 3:17 p.m. These cubs are the second litter for Shera and the fifth for 8-year-old father, Luke. Recently, Luke also sired 10-year-old Nababiep’s two female cubs born Jan. 24.
Photo from Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

Image description: At the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, March came in like a lion — four lions, to be exact — 9-year-old African lion Shera gave birth to a litter at the Great Cats exhibit. 

Their delivery March 2 spanned a seven-hour period, from 8:27 a.m. to 3:17 p.m. These cubs are the second litter for Shera and the fifth for 8-year-old father, Luke. Recently, Luke also sired 10-year-old Nababiep’s two female cubs born Jan. 24.

Photo from Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

Baby Panda Gets a Bath

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From the Smithsonian:

Two-and-a-half weeks old giant panda gets a tongue bath (by Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

Image description: A baby panda was born Friday, August 23, at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
The baby cub weighed in at 4.8 ounces. During the cub’s first exam on Sunday, veterinarians observed the cub was breathing normally and was having no problems with eating or digestion.  
The panda cub’s sex and paternity won’t be known for another few weeks.

Image description: A baby panda was born Friday, August 23, at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

The baby cub weighed in at 4.8 ounces. During the cub’s first exam on Sunday, veterinarians observed the cub was breathing normally and was having no problems with eating or digestion. 

The panda cub’s sex and paternity won’t be known for another few weeks.

Image description: The sloth bear cub, Hank, recently made his public debut at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. He is the first sloth bear born at the Zoo in seven years.

Hank and his mother, Hana, have spent the past six months in a den near the Asia Trail exhibit. Now that he is adept at climbing, the Zoo’s animal care staff are confident he can conquer the yard’s complex climbing structures and varied terrain.

Photo from Smithsonian’s National Zoo. View more photos of Hank.