23 August 2012

New lion cubs at Knowsley Safari Park

By Bethan Hockey

Two newborn lion cubs are set to make their first brave steps into the limelight at Knowsley Safari Park, after being named in honour of two Team GB Olympic golden girls.

The eight week old cubs have been named Jessica and Victoria after the Olympic stars, heptathlete Jessica Ennis and cyclist Victoria Pendleton.

The cubs have been in isolation since birth but are slowly being introduced to the bigger lions in the pride through a protective fence. Soon they will be given a full health check, vaccinations and be micro-chipped and then, at 13 weeks they will have their final jabs, and once strong and healthy enough they will be introduced into the pride.

We headed down to Knowsley to take a peek at the parks newest residents.

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