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Metro Richmond Zoo asks for help naming lion cubs

One of the white lion cubs. (Source: Metro Richmond Zoo) One of the white lion cubs. (Source: Metro Richmond Zoo)
Mama and babies. (Source: Metro Richmond Zoo) Mama and babies. (Source: Metro Richmond Zoo)
CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

There are three new animals at the Metro Richmond Zoo after a white lion gave birth April 2, and the cubs need names.

The zoo requested name suggestions on its Facebook page.

Several suggestions are coming in ranging from a "Black Panther" inspired name to Simba and Nala from "The Lion King" and also Winken, Blinken and Nod.

Others are suggesting names with roots in African languages as a reference to where lions live in the wild.

The cubs - one male and two female - were born  to Xonga, a first-time mother. The zoo said all four lions are in good health.

Xonga, 3, mated with Basa. White lions are the result of a recessive gene that must be present in both parents. It is known as being leucistic.

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