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Zoo staff weigh up lion cub problem

Zookeepers have welcomed a new lion cub - but not the tricky task of weighing her.

Karis is the second lion cub to be born at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling and handlers had to use a sack to get her on the scales.

Weighing in at 5kg, the cub will stay with her mother until she is 12 weeks old before they are returned to the pride.

Park manager Gary Gilmour said: "E ven though she is a wee cutie, keepers had to use a hessian sack to help with the weigh-in, as even at five weeks old she is a real handful and can still give a nasty scratch."

Karis was born on September 10 to mother Teekay and father Dudley. Big sister Libby was born two years ago.

The cub will grow to around 150kg and brings the Blair Drummond pride to eight lions in total.

Head keeper Brian Reid said: "Teekay and Karis have been bonding in the house next door to the main pride, so everyone knows there is a new kid on the block, but we just want to make sure that Karis is a good size before we mix her with the rest of pride."

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