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Photo Credit: COURTESY OREGON ZOO - One of the Oregon Zoo lion cubs in October 2014. Nearly 11,000 online votes helped the Oregon Zoo choose names for the three lion cubs that were born Sept. 8.


The cubs were named Hasani, Mashavu and Niara, zoo officials said.

Hasani, which means “handsome” in Swahili, is the name of the male. The females are Mashavu – “chubby cheeked” — and Niara, “one with high purpose.”

They are the first offspring for Kya and Zawadi Mungu, the cubs’ father.

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