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Parents kill two rare Asiatic lion cubs born at French zoo

Published on Apr 2, 2014 11:20 PM

BESANéON, France (AFP) - Two of three extremely rare Asiatic lion cubs born in a French zoo last year have been killed by their parents, zoo officials said, in a blow to conservation efforts.

The zoo at the natural history museum in Besancon, eastern France, said on Wednesday that a male cub had been killed this week and a female cub killed in mid-March.

The three cubs, two females and a male, were born on December 30.

Their eight-year-old mother, Shiva, was born in the same zoo while their father, Tejas, was born in Bristol in Britain five years ago.

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