Lion cubs celebrate first birthday
Friday 31 August 2012
It's a big week for the Asian lion cubs at ZSL London Zoo as they celebrate their first birthday.
One year old lion cubs Indi and Heidi enjoyed colourful birthday presents this week courtesy of their keepers.
The painted boxes were filled with treats and toys to spark Heidi and Indi's natural curiosity and playful nature, including meat and boomer balls. The cubs were curious of the new items in their enclosure and soon started investigating them after mum Abi started to "unwrap" the boxes for them.
The female cubs were the second pair to be born to the Zoo’s love-cats Abi and Lucifer in two years.
Watch the video of the cubs investigating their presents and playing with their boomer balls:
Mum, Abi, helped "unwrap" the birthday presents for her cubs.
Asian lion cub Heidi approaches her birthday present
Indi plays with a boomer ball on her first birthday
Fewer than 300 Asian lions remain in the wild. Captive breeding is key to their survival. Find out more about Asian lions at ZSL London Zoo.