Columbus Zoo releases photos of new African lion cubs

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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has released photos of the three African lion cubs who were born earlier this month.

The zoo announced the cubs were the first litter for 4-year-old Naomi last week.

Naomi’s pregnancy was a surprise to the zoo since the cub’s sire, Tomo, underwent a vasectomy in 2018. As the zoo points out, vasectomies can sometimes fail but it is rare.

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Tomo was euthanized back in May at the age of 15 after his quality of life rapidly diminished due to age-related issues.

In an update from the zoo on Thursday, the three male cubs had passed their well check exams.