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ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) Four lion cubs have been born at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro.

Zoo officials tell media outlets the quadruplets are the zoo's first lion cubs since October 2006.

The zoo's African lions, Mekita and Reilly, bred at the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Lion Species Survival Plan. That program will also ultimately determine where the new lions live, although North Carolina officials hope the new cubs will stay in the state for up to a year.

Staffers haven't handled the cubs yet, so their gender and exact size is unknown. The staff will discuss how to name them later this week, and zoo visitors will be able to view them this fall.

On Saturday, the zoo celebrates World Lion Day with games, crafts and lion education.

Post by North Carolina Zoo.
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