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The last surviving lion cub at Zoo Miami was sent to the Maryland Zoo so it could be raised with other lion infants.
To help it socialize the 3-month-old female cub, zoo staff thought it was best to get it into a situation that would expose it to others regularly. The Maryland Zoo has two other cubs the same age.
“We feel very fortunate to have connected with the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore which has agreed to accept the cub and hopefully be able to introduce it to two other cubs of similar age that are presently being raised there. The ultimate goal will be to properly socialize this cub so that she can be successfully introduced into a pride as an adult,” the zoo said.
The cub was born on Sept. 24, part of a litter of three. The first male died of maternal neglect and the two remaining cubs were taken to be hand-reared. The second one died in November from a metabolic imbalance and other symptoms, which may have been from a congenital anomaly.