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Help name the lion cubs at The Maryland Zoo

Here's a fun project for the kids: The two cute lion cubs at The Maryland Zoo are in need of names, and the zoo wants the public's input. The 9-week-old cubs, who lost their mother when she died from labor complications, are reported to be in good health.

The zoo reports that: "The male cub has a lighter coat of fur and is more laid back, a pretty relaxed cub who likes to stay near his sister. The sister is covered in dark spots. She has a fiery personality, is always the first one to check out new things and she is the instigator in all of their lion-cub tussles."

Keeping in mind their personalities, the zookeepers who are caring for them have selected four different sets of names, and the winning pair will be the cubs' official monikers.

The zoo says choices are:
 
Luke and Leia (brother and sister from Star Wars who were also orphaned)
Bart and Maggie (from "The Simpsons")
Kulu and Madoa  (Kulu means huge and Madoa means spotted)
Lear and Circe  (King Lear, because the lion is the king of the jungle, and Circe, a Greek goddess who turned men into animals with her wand)
 
Visit marylandzoo.org/votelion to cast your vote.

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