You’ve met the Woodland Park Zoo’s quartet of Lion cubs several times on ZooBorns since they were born on November 19. Since then, the two male and two female cubs have been safely tucked in their den with mom Adia. But this week they ventured into their outdoor yard for the first time, practicing for their public debut.
Adia was the first to step outside, with two of the cubs emerging alongside her. Then Adia ducked back inside as if calling the other two cubs. Soon all four were outdoors, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of this new world. The cubs stuck together and stayed close to mom, though they were curious about the zoo staff members who had gathered to watch through the viewing window.
Keepers had filled the yard with mossy logs, muddy pits, and sticks for the cubs to play with, but their favorite toy was mom. They constantly pounced on her, grabbed her neck, or slipped under her feet. New distractions, like planes flying overhead and cawing birds got the cubs’ attention as well.
After two hours of outdoor play, the cubs were tuckered out and the family headed inside to rest. But you can be sure the cubs will be ready for action when they meet the public for the first time very soon.
See more photos of the cubs below the fold.