Henry Vilas Zoo welcomes twin lion cubs

Henry Vilas Zoo

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Officials announced on Thursday that Henry Vilas Zoo welcomed two lion cubs and they will be available for the public to see next month.

According to zoo officials, the cubs were born at the end of February to parents Shakura and Pelo. For the next few weeks, Shakura will be adjusting to motherhood and getting acclimated with her cubs.

"The birth of these cubs is an incredible accomplishment for both the Henry Vilas Zoo family and the conservation work our zoo staff does every day,” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in a statement. "It doesn’t get much better than healthy, happy baby lions. We take a lot of pride in the work our zoo is doing to help conserve this much-loved species.”

The zoo said the cubs will likely be available for the public to see once they are big enough to leave the den, which will be sometime in May.

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