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A litter of lion cubs from an endangered subspecies has been born at Edinburgh Zoo.
The Asiatic lion cubs, born just three weeks ago, are still being nursed by their mother Roberta and are not yet on view to the public.
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Staff at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland's Edinburgh Zoo are delighted with the new arrivals but say the coming months are crucial.
With only 350 Asiatic lions left in the wild the birth of three new cubs is important news for the zoo.
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Five cubs were born in the litter three weeks ago. Two died and the surviving cubs have yet to be weighed and sexed.
The zoo's head of carnivores Alison MacLean said: 'Mum and cubs are doing well and we are thrilled, though we remain cautious as this is still a very delicate stage, with two of the litter sadly not having survived.
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'Public viewing is therefore closed at the moment to give the family lots of peace and quiet.
'The three cubs will be weighed and sexed during their first health check in the coming weeks. We will also name them...
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