Lots of baby animals to see at the Woodland Park Zoo

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by ROBERTA ROMERO / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 12:46 PM

SEATTLE -- Cubs, pups and chicks are making their debut at Woodland Park Zoo. Baby animals born over the past several months are coming out for public viewing.

It has been a productive time at the Zoo with new additions for the lions, sloth bears, otters and giraffes, to name a few.

One of the most exotic births was the male giraffe calf. He arrived in June weighing 144 lbs and standing 6 feet tall. Zookeeper Katie Ahl takes care of the giraffes.

"The baby is very sweet, his mother Olivia bonded with him right away and his is thriving," she said.

The as-yet unnamed baby giraffe spent his first few weeks inside the barn. Now viewers can get a good look at him as he ventures into the outdoor area.

"He is growing so fast, he's now already over 7 feet tall and about 175 lbs," Ahl said.

Twin sloth bears are also in their outdoor area. The male and female cubs are about 10 months old. One is always close to mama, but the other loves to play on the tree area.

For the first time viewers are getting to watch a new otter family. Four males pups are closely watched by their parents.

"Otters are very family oriented, both mom and dad help raise them and they stick together," said Ahl.

The otter family was just put back on exhibit. They love to run around the fresh water and rocks.

Four lion cubs are growing fast. The two boys and two girls will turn one in November. Woodland Park Zoo has waited 20 years for new cubs to be born. You can see them during the day between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

"Now is the perfect time to come out and see the babies, the cooler weather brings them out more and they love to play," said Ahl.

Woodland Park Zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. until the end of the month, the hours will change in October to 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

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