The Denver Zoo’s newest cub stepped into the sun Wednesday, announcing himself to the world by rolling around and playing with some newspaper in his human-made, outdoor habitat.
The African lion cub is a boy, which is news. He was born July 25 but zookeepers weren’t sure about the gender at the time. He has spent the last two months bonding with mom Neliah and dad Tobias out of the public eye. The rest of the zoo’s female pride has also chipped in.
Oh, and this cub doesn’t have a name yet. It will either be Meru (a Tanzania mountain), Moremi (a nature reserve in Botswana) or Tat (the Swahili word for “three”). The public can vote on the name by donating $1 or more online or when buying tickets on-site.
You can see the cub from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily, depending on the weather.
Earlier this year, a spokesman for the zoo said the cub’s birth is a big deal for the African lion species, which has lost half of its population in the last 25 years. In fact, Tobias was brought to Denver Zoo last year to mate with Neliah or her daughter, Kamara.