As quickly as there was joy at the National Zoo over the birth of a new
lion cub, there is sadness, too. The small cub died after catching pneumonia, having gotten some of the tips of the straw bedding in his lungs. Dennis Kelly, director of the National Zoo said “I believe this was a one-in-a-million fluke. Unfortunately, this is the downside to the ‘cycle of life.’ But, the animal care team and Zoo staff are consummate professionals, and I know they’ve learned a tremendous amount from creating the pride, breeding the lions and getting Nababiep through her first birth. We mourn this loss yet keep our focus on the best care for the lion pride”
We extend our condolences to the lion pride at the Zoo and to their keepers.