- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) - Four lion cubs are now on exhibit at the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro.

The cubs were born in July to their lioness mom Mekita. It’s the first time in eight years that visitors have had the opportunity to see lion cubs at the zoo.

North Carolina likely won’t be a permanent home for the cubs. Animal management supervisor Jennifer Ireland says that if the cubs are male, they will ultimately be separated from their parents and sent to another zoo. In the wild, male cubs leave the pride they are born into.

The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of October. The hours then change to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Video of the cubs and their mother is available at https://www.nczoo.org/

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