What names would you give to these lion cubs?

Last updated at 05:11
Lion cubs with motherFota Wildlife Park

How cute are these little Asian lion cubs?

They were born eight weeks ago at the Fota Wildlife Park in County Cork in Ireland, to second time parents, mother Gira and father Shanto.

So far staff aren't sure whether the cubs are girls or boys, and they haven't been given names.

Now staff want the public to name them, and be in with a chance to win one of four a year-long Conservation Annual Pass.

Their parents first litter, born one and a half years old, are called Amira, Arya and Loki, and live in their specially designed habitat in Fota Wildlife Park, with their parents, new siblings, and aunt Gita.

Fota Lead Ranger Kelly Lambe said "We are thrilled with the arrival of this litter of four Asian lion cubs at Fota Wildlife Park. This species is endangered and now inhabits only one remaining site in the world - the Gir Forest, in India, which means that wildlife parks and zoos play a crucial role in safeguarding the species and maintaining the genetic diversity outside of the pocket of the wild population.

"We are delighted that there are four cubs thriving and they are all feeding and bonding well with their mum, Gira."

Fota Wildlife Park opened the Asian Sanctuary in 2015, and it is now home to some of Asia's most endangered species such as the Indian rhino, the Sumatran tiger and the Asian lion.

Do you fancy giving these cubs some names? You can go to the wildlife park website to put your suggestions forward for consideration.

Let us know in the comments what names you've gone for!

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