- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Salt Lake City’s new lion cubs are ready for their public debut, but they don’t have the fierce persona down just yet.

The three cubs, born February 24 at Hogle Zoo, were shown to the public for the first time on Monday. Brothers Brutus and Titus and their sister Calliope tumbled around with each other and playfully attacked their mother, Nabu, as human visitors looked on.

Primary lion keeper Valerie Schubert says Nabu is an exemplary mother, if a bit overprotective. She once jumped between the cubs and their uncle on Monday, growling. Schubert says she was warning the larger male to be gentle.

The zoo says Brutus and Titus will be sent to other zoos when they’re older because males are often forced out of prides in the wild.

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