Your morning adorable: Asian lion cubs debut at Switzerland’s Zurich Zoo


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Two-month-old Asian lion cubs Kuwam, Kalika, Keladi and Kanya made their big debut at Switzerland’s Zurich Zoo on Wednesday.

The cubs’ names were chosen from more than 1,300 suggestions submitted by members of the public, according to the zoo.


The cubs are the second litter for their mother Joy (who gave birth to twins Jeevana and Jasraj last February), and their birth is a big deal for their species, which is endangered in the wild.

Asian lions (also called Indian lions, Persian lions or Asiatic lions) once roamed a large swath of territory that extended from India to the Middle East. Now, only a few hundred remain in the wild, all of which live in a single wildlife preserve in India’s Gir Forest.

See more photos of Kuwam, Kalika, Keladi and Kanya after the jump!

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-- Lindsay Barnett

1st-4th photos: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP/Getty Images
5th-11th photos: Christian Hartmann /
12th-13th photos: Associated Press
14th-16th photos: European Pressphoto Agency
17th photo: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP/Getty Images