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Post  littlewid on Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:04 pm

lion cub lion cub lion cub  That's fantastic news CC, well done Kalyana  Group Hug  Now I can't wait until they are allowed out and you are able to get some fantastic shots of the new family   
Thank you so much for the news CC and just brilliant that you heard it before it was announced   

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Post  Cremecat on Wed May 07, 2014 8:17 am

  Helsinki Zoo finally broke the news today: Kalyana gave birth to three cubs on March 27!

They had their first visit to the zoo vet on Monday, and all three are doing great and growing fast.

Here is the link to the news with pictures and a short video where the vet tells about the cubs; unfortunately it is all in Finnish, but the video is however worth seeing:

http://www.korkeasaari.fi/aasianleijonaemo-hoivaa-kolmea-pentua-2/#!prettyPhoto

They are so absolutely cute, and so LOUD!!!

The vet says that it is not 100% possible to define their sexes yet, but she thinks that at least two of them are girls.

Am I thrilled? - You bet I am!!!  http://i70.servimg.c 

I may have to visit the zoo a couple of times this summer....  Or maybe I could move in? Razz 

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Post  whitestarling on Wed May 07, 2014 11:59 am

 http://i73.servimg.c Fantastice that they have officialy announced the news CC another three little ones to the numbers. Fingers x they grow up well, and strong. Loved the video, and your right they are really loud  lol! I think a couple of visits is a good idea, but I'd be a bit CAGEY about moving in   

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Post  littlewid on Wed May 07, 2014 10:08 pm

lion cub lion cub lion cub   http://i70.servimg.c  brilliant that they have now released the news and also that lovely video. Mind you I would have been making loads of noise if I had been stuffed in a blue carrier bag    they are little stunners aren't they and I do hope you get to see them very soon.......I wouldn't be cagey about moving in........i'd give it a go   

Thanks so much for the update and video CC   

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Post  Cremecat on Mon May 26, 2014 11:28 am

Kalyana's cubs are only eight+ weeks old, but to everyone's surprise she decided to bring them outdoors a couple of days ago!

They are sooo cute!



Kalyana is a very protective mom. The zoo had to block the way to their enclosure as there were a lot of schoolchildren on excursion, and Kalyana got nervous of all that noise. Now they have blocked only the the space closest to the fence, and advised the visitors to be calm near them and not to stay too long in front of them.

Guess who will be visiting the zoo today and try to see at least a glimpse of the babies!? Me-me-me-meeee!  bounce bounce bounce

    

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Post  littlewid on Mon May 26, 2014 11:55 am

lion cub lion cub lion cub  Oh My Goodness, how perfect are they  I love you I love you I love you  that is such a lovely clip of them CC, the cubs are adorable and you can see the love Kalyana has for them. What a shame she got spooked by all the noisy attention, lets hope that things have now settled down for her and the cubs. Sometimes its very hard for people especially little ones to be respectful when they are so excited.

I really hope that you are able to see them today. When Doogs and I went to ZSL London Zoo to see the new little Tiger cubs and never even got a glimpse of them, we were so disappointed but that is the way it goes. We did get to see Jae Jae their lovely dad though  I love you If you do manage to see them I hope your camera is fully charged for some wonderful pictures   

It's a very wet and grey day here in Southern England so seeing that clip has really made it a better day, so thanks so much for that CC.

Have a wonderful day at the zoo and fingers crossed you get to see Kalyana and her adorable little cubs  lion cub lion cub lion cub lion cub 

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Post  whitestarling on Mon May 26, 2014 6:43 pm

 What a beautiful clip CC thank you for sharing it with us. The cubs are lovely to see, and look like they are doing really well, even tucking into some solid food. Love the way they are interacting with Mum, and each other. Hopefully you have a great day at the Zoo, and get us some pics.

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Post  Cremecat on Wed May 28, 2014 10:16 am

Guess what!!! I DID see the lion cubs!!!   

At first we saw only Kalyana, laying there and watching visitors. Later when we came back about 30 minutes before the closing time, she had brought the babies out to play.
I have no words to describe how I felt... they were so tiny, so cute and so everything...  I love you  I love you  I love you 

Half of the area in front of their enclosure was blocked, and I had to shoot photos at 2-3 meters distance from the fence which made them a bit striped.
By the way, I have never seen visitors behave so well in any public place as they were now! Everyone just stood there watching, talking quietly to each other, almost whispering; one small infant started to cry but was soon silenced with a dummy. :)

The cubs were playing in one bunch, but then one of them noticed the visitors and stopped to watch them.



Kalyana seemed quite comfortable, but at the same time she also kept her eyes on the visitors.

It was so great to see the interaction between Kalyana and the babies, she was so gentle and caring with them.


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I love you Mom!



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Post  Laikipia on Thu May 29, 2014 8:00 am

http://i70.servimg.c   http://i70.servimg.c   http://i70.servimg.c  that's brilliant news CC you must be thrilled. Thanks for sharing those lovely photos.

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Post  Doogs on Thu May 29, 2014 10:43 pm

http://i70.servimg.c CC well done you - you're certainly luckier than LW and I were with the tiger cubs at London Zoo !!!

Firstly, thanks for the video the cubs are beautiful, I loved that bit near the end when both passed mum individually and she licked them both  I love you 

What wonderful photos you got, they are excellent considering your distance/obstacles ! I know what you mean about watching a mum interacting with her babies it really is a wonderful thing, they are so loving, gentle and playful all at the same time, you could watch them for hours  Very Happy 

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Post  Cremecat on Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:31 pm

How cute are we?  bounce 



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Post  Cremecat on Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:36 pm

Another one... Playing with mom's tail:



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Post  Doogs on Tue Jun 24, 2014 1:21 pm

Very cute  I love you I love you   
Adorable CC   

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Post  Laikipia on Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:58 am

Group Hug  Gorgeous

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Post  whitestarling on Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:09 pm

Brilliant pics CC they are seriously cute. Thanks for posting them
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Post  Cremecat on Thu Jul 17, 2014 4:42 pm

I visited the zoo again a week ago, and the lion babies were very active - for a moment. The next thing I saw them in sound sleep, Kalyana sitting attentively beside them.

I managed to get this little series of photos, technically lousy because of the strong reflections from the window, but a funny moment:







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Post  Cremecat on Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:27 pm

Our little lions are growing so fast!



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Post  Doogs on Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:47 pm

Aren't they just CC - they are beautiful and what cute face that little girl has got I love you I love you I love you I love you
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Post  whitestarling on Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:01 am

WOW They grow so fast don't they, and its fantastic to see them doing so well, more fab pics thanks CC

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Post  Cremecat on Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:08 pm

Hi!

My name is Gira, and I and my sisters Gina and Gita are already big lion girls!



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Post  Laikipia on Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:33 pm

You've been busy CC and thanks for sharing all these lovely photos. Gira certainly looks like a very lovely looking lioness.

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Post  whitestarling on Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:33 am

That is a beautiful photo CC, ang Gira is a beautiful Lioness. Great to hear from you again
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Post  Cremecat on Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:59 pm

Thank you Lai & WS! It is great to be back; I have been missing you all!

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Post  Laikipia on Fri Jul 17, 2015 7:19 pm

Group Hug CC - we've missed you too.

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