BIRTHDAY TREAT CAUSES REAL STINK
THE lion cubs at Werribee Open Range Zoo enjoyed a stinky treat for their first birthday – a specially made paper mache cupcake smeared with the scent of rhino poo.
The celebration was a test of Ilola, Asali, Ato and Lwazi’s developing manners.
“The rhino poo lets them use their minds and bodies in the way they would in the wild, as the scent elicits natural responses,” lion keeper Katherine Quinn said
The cubs and their mum Nilo spent their first few weeks of their life in a nesting den away from the rest of the pride, to simulate what would happen in the wild. But it’s not all fun and giant cupcakes for the young cats, who have a big job to do.
They are ambassadors for lions in the wild. The global lion population has plummeted in the past 20 years and it is estimated there are as few as 20,000 wild lions left.
Lion siblings Ilola, Asali, Ato and Lwazi have celebrated their first birthday at Werribee Open Range Zoo by tucking into giant, animal-friendly paper mache cupcakes.