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: The National Zoo’s seven lion cubs celebrated their first birthday with a 50-pound “cake” in the shape of the number one. The cake was made of ice and shaved beef. The cubs also enjoyed gift boxes wrapped with special paper products and held together with a “paste” made of flour and water. Inside each box was an individual-sized frozen treat made of ice and beef. You can find more photos and video of the party at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.
Photo by Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian’s National Zoo