Lion reunited with cubs

PUBLISHED: 10:05 31 March 2019 | UPDATED: 10:05 31 March 2019

Masai has enjoyed time with his cubs. Picture: Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm

Masai has enjoyed time with his cubs. Picture: Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm

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An African lion has been reunited with his cubs at a Wraxall zoo.

Masai was separated from his sons at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, for six months.

In August, lioness Arusha gave birth to two healthy male cubs, Kojo and Tau.

When the lion cubs were born, Arusha and Masai were separated for safety and to make sure she did not become pregnant again, as it is important to ensure lions are not overbred in the UK.

Zookeepers had no interaction with the cubs for 10 weeks other than an initial health check so the youngsters could be raised without intervention.

The pair were the first African lion cubs to be born in the UK for three years.

Once the boys were big enough and Arusha had her contraceptive implant reinserted, it was time to reunite the family.

Masai ran back into his enclosure, where his sons are happy to have a new playmate.

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