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3 Asiatic lion cubs born in French zoo provide boost for endangered species

Published on Feb 27, 2014 7:24 PM

PARIS (AFP) - Three Asiatic lion cubs have been born in a French zoo in a major boost for the critically endangered species.

The cubs were born on December 30 in a zoo attached to the natural history museum in Besancon, eastern France.

"These births raise hopes for the survival of this endangered species," the zoo's veterinarian Melanie Berthet told AFP.

According to the museum, there are only 350 Asiatic lions left in the wild, all of them living in the Gir forest in India's western Gujarat state.

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