Two vasectomies later, lion at sanctuary near Branson fathers eight cubs

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BRANSON MO NEWS: Show ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideBuy PhotoThree lion cubs look curiously through a fence at the National Tiger Sanctuary in Saddlebrooke on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. Eight cubs were born after a lion’s vasectomy failed.(Photo: Nathan Papes/News-Leader)Buy PhotoAfter surprise turned into tragedy last year, the National Tiger Sanctuary north of Branson is doing everything it can to ensure the health of eight lion cubs.The cubs are receiving special attention: Their vitamin A levels are being monitored, and at one point, the cubs were receiving weekly injections of the vitamin.The executive director said the growing cats are healthy, and on a warm November day, the lively cubs wrestled each other and practiced their roars.These cubs weren’t supposed to be born, though. Their father, Leo, overcame a second vasectomy to sire them.Last year — after Leo’s vas deferens was first snipped — he fathered two other cubs, but those cubs aren’t at the sanctuary anymore.Those two cubs were meant to spend their entire lives — perhaps as long as two decades — at the sanctuary.Then their health declined.The pair died before they reached 3 months old after they were stricken with a vitamin A deficiency, which a veterinarian for …


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