Indianapolis Zoo releases first pictures of adorable lion cubs

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Indianapolis Zoo Introduces Adorable New Lion Cubs


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 20, 2015) -- Meet the city's cutest new residents! The Indianapolis Zoo released the first pictures of three new African lion cubs born at the zoo on September 21.

The cubs, two males and a female, were born to first-time parents, mother Zuri and father Nyack.

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When Zookeepers arrived that day, they found that 9-year-old Zuri had already delivered her first cub sometime during the night or early morning. The others followed around 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

These are the first lions born at the Zoo since 2003.

See photos of the adorable lion cubs:

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Indianapolis Zoo releases first pictures of adorable lion cubs
In this Oct. 8, 2015 photo provided by Jackie Curts, three African lion cubs born at the Indianapolis Zoo nap and yawn. Zoo officials said Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, that the one female and two male cubs, born Sept. 21 to first-time parents, mother Zuri and father Nyack, are nursing well and growing. They are expected to make their public debut next spring. (Jackie Curts/Indianapolis Zoo via AP)
In this Oct. 8, 2015 photo provided by Jackie Curts are three African lion cubs born at the Indianapolis Zoo. Zoo officials said Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, that the one female and two male cubs, born Sept. 21 to first-time parents, mother Zuri and father Nyack, are nursing well and growing. They are expected to make their public debut next spring. (Jackie Curts/Indianapolis Zoo via AP)
In this Oct. 8, 2015 photo provided by Jackie Curts are three African lion cubs that were born at the Indianapolis Zoo. Zoo officials said Tuesday, Oct. 20, that the one female and two male cubs, born Sept. 21 to first-time parents, mother Zuri and father Nyack, are nursing well and growing. They are expected to make their public debut next spring. (Jackie Curts/Indianapolis Zoo via AP)
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The youngsters are nursing well and growing, and they currently weigh between 7.5 and 9.5 pounds.

Like all lion cubs, the Zoo's babies were born with mottled fur. Their dark spots will eventually fade, though some young adults still show hints of brown in their sleek, golden coats.

Zuri and her cubs will remain indoors for several months to protect their health. The new cubs are expected to make their debut in spring 2016. At that time, the renovations currently taking place at the lion exhibit are expected to be complete.

You may be asking, "What are the cubs' names?" Well, you can actually play a role in naming the cubs! In the coming weeks there will be a poll on the zoo's Facebook page where you can vote on your favorite names! The zoo says more details are coming soon.

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