Ohio Zoo's Lion Cubs Ready for Public Stage

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio zoo is showing off three of its newest additions, lion cubs born a couple of months ago.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says Kitambi (ki-TAHM'-bee) and his two sisters, Adia (AH'-dee-uh) and Mekita (meh-KEE'-tuh), were allowed to roam in an outdoor habitat for about an hour Tuesday morning and about a half hour Tuesday afternoon.

The cubs were born Sept. 22 to first-time mother Asali (uh-SAH'-lee) and were the first African lion cubs born at the Columbus Zoo in nearly a quarter century. Their father, Tomo, also lives at the zoo.

Kitambi was named by zoo staff, using the Swahili word for "pride" to reflect the cub's take-charge personality. The names for the two females came from winners of a name-the-cubs fundraising auction.

The cubs will be allowed outdoors as permitted by weather, and their mother's mood.