PICTURES: Lion cubs turn one

PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 August 2019

Kojo and Tau were the first African lion cubs to be born in the UK for three years.	Picture: Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

Kojo and Tau were the first African lion cubs to be born in the UK for three years. Picture: Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

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Two lion cubs have celebrated their first birthdays at a Wraxall zoo.

Kojo and Tau were the first African lion cubs to be born in the UK for three years.	Picture: Noah�s Ark Zoo FarmKojo and Tau were the first African lion cubs to be born in the UK for three years. Picture: Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm

Kojo and Tau turned one on August 20 at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, in Clevedon Road.

The cubs spend their days playing, eating and sleeping up to 18 hours a day.

For the first six months, the cubs lived in an enclosure with their mum, Arusha, while dad, Masai, was kept separate for their safety.

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

Kojo and Tau were the first African lion cubs to be born in the UK for three years.	Picture: Noah’s Ark Zoo FarmKojo and Tau were the first African lion cubs to be born in the UK for three years. Picture: Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

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

To allow the cubs to stay with their parents, the zoo plans on giving the brothers a contraceptive implant.

This will prevent the surge of testosterone, which would otherwise cause them to challenge their dad and force him to push them out of the pride, which is what would naturally occur in the wild.

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