Mama Lion Seems Distracted, Zookeepers Take Over for Newborns

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SAN DIEGO — With her first two litters at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, the lion Oshana was a good mother.

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Two lion cubs born Dec. 6 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. (Credit: LA Times via San Diego Zoo)

But with her twins born Dec. 6, Oshana seems to lost her mojo for maternity.

Enter the keepers at the park’s animal care center. The cubs are now at the center, getting bottles of kitten-starter formula every two hours.

The female cub now weighs 3.5 pounds, the male 5.5 pounds. She’s feistier than he is. Each sleeps about 20 hours a day, just like adult lions.

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