People Are Jumping at the Chance to Name This Park's Four New Lion Cubs
Now is your time to name members of an endangered species!
On April 18, Ireland's Fota Wildlife Park announced that four Asian lion cubs had been born in Feburary. Of course, these now-eight-week-old babies are absolutely adorable, but that's not the only thing that makes this news so exciting. With just over 400 left roaming the earth, Asian lions are considered an endangered species; so any additions to the dwindling population are something to celebrate.
*** Newsflash *** We just announced the birth of 4 new Asian lion cubs to mother Gira and father Shanto -and we are calling on your help to name them! These adorable four were born 8 weeks ago – come & see our pride this Easter! https://t.co/ctBNa8RXgp pic.twitter.com/ClnvvZvQct
— Fota Wildlife Park (@fotawildlife) April 18, 2019
So now that they've gone public, what will these cute new cubs be named? Well, that's entirely up to you.
On Twitter, the Wildlife Park is asking for help naming the four felines. The parents of the litter—Gira and Shanto—previously had three cubs who are now one-and-a-half years old, and their names are Amira, Arya, and Loki. With such uniquely named lions roaming around the reserve, people are going to have to get pretty creative to win this competition.
Some suggestions were nods to the lions' Irish locale.
Oscar, Wilde, Dorian and Gray
Or …Wilde, Beckett, Shaw, Joyce
(i.e some sort of nod to Ireland's literary genuises 🙂 )
— Sophie L (@Soph8K) April 18, 2019
Rory ('roar'y) Ri (irish for King) Leon (irish for Lion) Alainn (irish for beautiful)
— Tor Angus (@tor_angus) April 18, 2019
Others were historically based.
Hercules Mulligan, Alexander Hamilton, John Laurens & Lafayette!
— Natasha Akhtar (@Natasha_Akhtar) April 18, 2019
Some were perfect pop culture references, like these Avengers monikers.
Cap, Bucky, Thor and Loki.
— Elflover (@LadyElirien) April 18, 2019
And plenty were just plain adorable.
— James Moriarty (@Editor_James) April 18, 2019
Congratulations! 😀 I pitch Eenie, Meenie, Miney, and Mo(e).
— Hayden Sharpe (@HaydenTheSharpe) April 18, 2019
As if potentially naming an endangered species and looking at cute photos of cubs isn't enough, Fota Wildlife Park is also offering a reward to each person whose name is chosen: a year-long Conservation Annual Pass. Trip to Ireland, anyone? Head to Fota Wildlife Park's website to learn more about these sweet creatures and how you can enter the name competition. And if you can't wait to book a trip, then check out these Top Tips for Booking a Luxury Vacation.