2 rare Barbary lion cubs born in a Czech zoo


DVUR KRALOVE, Czech Republic (AP) - Two Barbary lion cubs were born in a Czech zoo, a welcome addition to a small surviving population of a rare subspecies of lions that have become extinct in the wild.

The couple, a man and a woman, were born on May 10 in the Dvur Kralove park. Under the guidance of mother Khalila, they have taken their first steps in their compound in recent days. They have not been named yet.

The subspecies of the largest lion, which once roamed its native North Africa, was completely eliminated due to human activities. Many were killed by gladiators in Roman times, while hunting contributed to their extinction later.

It is believed that Barbary lions became extinct in the wild in the 1960s.

It is estimated that less than 100 live in captivity.