BALTIMORE - A surviving 3-month-old lion cub from Zoo Miami has been sent to the Maryland Zoo to be raised alongside two other cubs who are close in age.
The 3-month-old cub was part of an original litter of three cubs, two males and one female that were born at Zoo Miami September 24. The first male in the litter died of apparent maternal neglect. Following his death, the two remaining cubs were being hand-reared by zoo personnel.
The other male died from an apparent metabolic imbalance and other symptoms that may have been a result of a congenital anomaly, according to Ron Magill, Zoo Miami's Communications Director.
Zoo Miami staff searched for other zoos in the country that had cubs of a similar age so that this female would be introduced to another litter.
"We feel very fortunate to have connected with the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore which has agreed to accept the cub and hopefully be able to introduce it to two other cubs of similar age that are presently being raised there. The ultimate goal will be to properly socialize this cub so she can be successfully introduced into a pride as an adult," Magill said.