Lion cubs born at Sedgwick County Zoo are girls

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The Sedgwick County Zoo says two African lion cubs born in October are both female. 

The zoo said in a Facebook post that the cubs had their second veterinary exam on Tuesday, and the vet determined they are both girls. Each weighs about 14 pounds.

The cubs have yet to be named. 

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The Sedgwick County Zoo has announced the births of two African lion cubs. 

The cubs were born in late on October 21 to first-time parents 2-year-old Patty and 9-year-old Michael.

"Patty has taken to motherhood very well and is nursing and providing excellent care," the zoo said in a news release. "Veterinary staff performed the first medical exam this week and confirmed that both cubs are healthy and thriving, however it is still too soon to determine the genders of the cubs."

The mother and her cubs will be off-exhibit in their den until the cubs are big enough for the outdoor habitat and when more suitable temperatures return. 

Mom and cubs will remain off-exhibit in their den until the cubs are big enough to navigate their outdoor habitat and temperatures are suitable for them to be outside.

"Live video from the den will be streamed to a monitor in Munabi’s Hut located in the Pride of the Plains exhibit so guests can check in on them while visiting the other lions, Michael and Kianga."

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan for lions recommended in 2016 that Patty be moved to the Sedgwick County Zoo  to breed with Michael. Patty arrived in October of 2016 and has spent the past year being integrated into the pride.

"African lions are increasingly threatened in the wild due to indiscriminate killing in defense of human life and livestock, habitat loss, and prey depletion. Another emerging threat is trade in bones and other body parts for traditional medicine," the zoo said.

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