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The National Zoo in Washington welcomed four new lion cubs this week.

Baby lions born at Washington National Zoo

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    Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 6:57 PM -

    The National Zoo in Washington welcomed four new lion cubs this week.

    In the video above, you can see the proud mom, nine-year-old African lion 'Shera,' and her four newborn baby cubs.

    The cubs were born Sunday. This is Shera's second litter.  


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    Officials say the births help get the zoo closer to its goal of building a "pride" -- the social structure in which lions live in the wild.

    If the cubs continue to thrive, they should be on display to the public sometime this summer.

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