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National Zoo's lion cubs making public debut

Friday - 6/13/2014, 11:12am  ET

Lion cub (Abby Wood, Smithsonian National Zoo)
The new lion cubs will come out for their public debut Friday afternoon. (Courtesy Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo)
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WASHINGTON -- Four lion cubs are set to make their public debut Friday at the National Zoo's Great Cat Exhibit.

The 3-month-old cubs will join their mother Shera, aunt Nababiep and two female half siblings that are already on display. Their debut is set for noon Friday.

The cubs passed their swimming test last month and received vaccinations. Since the cubs' early March birth, zoo staff members have worked to make sure the cubs, other lions and father, Luke, all get along.

Eventually, the entire pride will be outside in the yard together, according to a zoo news release.

The cubs, who haven't yet been named, can be distinguished by shave marks on their hips and shoulders, the zoo release says.

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