3 lion cubs needing extra TLC raised by Six Flags Great Adventure veterinary staff

Three New Jersey lion cubs are being cared for by some adoptive parents - the veterinary team at Six Flags Great Adventure.

Three New Jersey lion cubs are being cared for by some adoptive parents - the veterinary team at Six Flags Great Adventure.

Three New Jersey lion cubs are being cared for by some adoptive parents - the veterinary team at Six Flags Great Adventure. (2/19/14)

JACKSON - Three New Jersey lion cubs are being cared for by some adoptive parents - the veterinary team at Six Flags Great Adventure.

A 2-month-old cub born to a first-time mother and two 5-week-old cubs were born in the Jackson facility. Dr. Kenneth Keiffer says one of the 5-week-old cubs was in distress soon after birth and doctors were forced to intervene.

The cubs have to be bottle-fed every 3 hours when they are first born and Six Flags staff members have to stay overnight to care for them.

Keiffer says it's difficult to be away from family, but that the opportunity is just one of the perks of the job. "Being able to raise these animals, taking care of them and ensuring that they live a full, healthy happy life is all worth it in the end," he says.

Staff members expect to have the cubs back out with the other animals on the safari at 8 months old, when they will weigh about 50 to 60 pounds. The lions will be full-grown at about 4 to 5 years old, and will weigh in at more than 500 pounds.

For more with the cubs and Dr. Keiffer, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

1 VIDEO: Jersey City Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony
VIDEO: News conference on arrest in murder of 2 VIDEO: News conference on arrest in murder of Sarah Butler
Republican Steve Rogers announces he will run for 3 Republican Steve Rogers announces gubernatorial run
Dozens of fellow officers show up to support 4 Dozens show up to support fired Wayne police officer
Gov. Christie visits with addiction counselors at the 5 Christie: Trump will make Medicaid changes to benefit NJ

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE