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As members of the Friends of the National Zoo, we were able to register for a sneak peak of the recently born lion cubs.
The young ones skittered at the new sight of a gawking crowd, but then started running and frolicking around their environment.
With one mom standing guard, glaring with intimidation at the people near her cubs, the other followed the goofballs, bonking them with her paws and biting their necks as if she had any control over them.
One cub did take a tumble off the side of a concrete ledge down the stairs to their indoor enclosure. The mom looked down with the same concern we gave Coco when, within her first day in our home, fell right over the stair ledge into the basement. Like Coco, the cub was just fine.