- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

WACO, Texas (AP) - A lioness named for movie character Princess Leia (LAY’-uh) has been introduced to some Star Wars costume-wearing fans at a Texas zoo.

Leia made her public debut Wednesday at the Cameron Park Zoo in a “May the Fourth Be With You” event - a day celebrating all things Star Wars.

Leia was born in 2013 at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. She was transferred to the zoo in Waco as part of a species survival plan.

Leia had a chance to maul a fake Death Star and play with other toys portraying items made popular by the Star Wars movie franchise. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” was released last year.

Leia joins two other lions at the Texas zoo, which offered free admission Wednesday to visitors wearing Star Wars clothing.

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Online:

https://www.cameronparkzoo.com/

https://www.marylandzoo.org/

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