BALTIMORE (WMAR) - Two lion cubs were born at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, but what was supposed to be moments of happiness turned into sadness when their mother died from complications.
Badu, the young female lioness, went into labor and gave birth last Thursday. The next day, the lioness began showing birth complications.
“Two additional cubs had to be removed surgically, neither of which survived,” said Dr. Ellen Bronson, senior veterinarian at the Maryland Zoo.
Zoo officials say Badu had difficulty caring for the two surviving cubs after the surgery. Animal staff were forced to take over feeding and caring for the cubs.
“She continued to have complications, and despite the best efforts of both veterinary and animal staff, Badu died Monday afternoon,” Bronson explained. “While we are deeply saddened by the loss of this spirited cat, we now must turn our attention to caring for her young cubs. They are only six days old, and are just beginning to open their eyes.”
The cubs appear health, according to zoo staff. One is male and the other is female. They are the first lion cubs born at the Maryland Zoo.
The lion cubs will not be on exhibit for a while.
“They are very young, and we are measuring their progress and evaluating the situation day by day,” stated Margie Rose-Innes, assistant general curator at the Maryland Zoo.
Overall, the zoo says their focus is aimed at the health of the cubs.
Hassan and Cuma, the Maryland Zoo’s two adult lions, will be on exhibit while the cubs are being raised.
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