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Lion Cub Born At Santa Barbara Zoo

Santa Barbara Zoo

One special arrival in Santa Barbara is certainly bringing ‘pride’ to its parents.

A lion cub was just born at Santa Barbara Zoo.

It’s the first baby for the zoo’s lions - Felicia and Ralph, and the first lion cub the zoo has welcomed in 15 years. 

The cub is yet to be named and weighed in yesterday at a little under four pounds. The cub's gender has not yet been determined. 

The cub and his mom will continue to remain behind the scenes for approximately eight weeks as animal care staff keep a close eye on them.

“Both Felicia and the cub appear healthy and are doing well,” said Dr. Julie Barnes, the Zoo’s Vice President of Animal Care & Health.

“The first few weeks of a lion cub’s life are very fragile, so the best course of action for us during this time is to allow Felicia to care for and bond with her new cub. Our animal care team will continue to closely monitor Felicia and the cub while giving the solitude needed during this critical first period.”