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An Asiatic lion named Shiva watches over her three unnamed cubs in the Besancon zoo in eastern France on Feb. 27. The Besancon zoo held off announcing the Dec. 31, 2013, births until this week, afraid the two females and a male might not survive.
There are about 300 Asiatic lions in the wild, all in an Indian reserve, according to the World Wildlife Federation. Asiatic lions are one of the world's rarest species.