The lick of love: zoo's new cub is star attraction
Published 07/08/2014 | 02:30
WATCH out - there's a new cub in town.
Dublin Zoo welcomed a male Asian lion to its pride, the first time a lion of this breed has been born in Ireland.
The young cub, born to mother Zuri and father Kumar, was nine weeks old on Saturday but has just made his first public appearance.
Team leader Ciaran McMahon said the excitement in the zoo was "massive".
"We're thrilled about the arrival of the new cub.
"He's wonderfully playful and curious," he said.
The Asian lion is a critically endangered species and it is estimated there are only 340 of this species left in the world.
Mr McMahon said that the cub is bonding well with his parents.
"Despite being a first-time mum, Zuri is taking her role as a protective mother very seriously and it's almost majestic how dad Kumar is teaching his son what to do as a lion," he said.
This playful cub is the newest addition to an ever-expanding Dublin Zoo family.
On July 17, the staff welcomed a male bull elephant calf that was born to mum Yasmin.
The zoo is now asking the public to submit suggestions through its Facebook page to help name their new energetic arrival, with reference to his Asian origins.