The Sacramento Zoo welcomes three African Lion cubs.
The cubs were born Friday, the zoo says mother and cubs appear to be healthy.
“These are very early days for our first-time mother. So far, we are pleased with the progress of the female and her cubs. Females would naturally take some “maternity leave” from the rest of the pride for the first 4-8 weeks,” Dr. Adrian Fowler, Acting Director of the Sacramento Zoo, said in a prepared statement.
They will be off-exhibit for a while to allow mother-cub bonding. The zoo hopes the cubs will be able to explore their exhibit closer to Christmas.
A lion’s pregnancy lasts about three and a half months, and a litter ranges from two to four cubs.