Oregon Public Broadcasting

Three new lion cubs are doing well in their behind-the-scenes maternity den, Oregon zoo officials say.

They were born Saturday night to first-time mom, 6-year-old Neka.

The father of the cubs is 5-year-old Zawadi Mungu.

Zoo officials were taking a "hands-off" approach and watching the litter from a surveillance camera.

Depending on Neka's comfort level, the cubs will soon get a visit get a quick checkup and the staff will determine their genders.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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