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Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 12/ 9/2010

The Zoo, the actors and the lion cub

By Washington Post editors

One of the National Zoo's new seven lion cubs has a name, and a couple of actors were on hand Thursday to make the announcement, the Associated Press reports.

Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes, two of the stars from "The Chronicles of Narnia” movie series, announced that the cub will be called Aslan in honor of one of the main characters in the upcoming movie and the C.S. Lewis’ children’s books.

Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian's National Zoo

Two sets of cubs were born at the zoo this year. n Aug. 31, four lion cubs were born to Shera, one of the zoo's two female lions. Then on Sept. 22, Shera's sister, Nababiep, gave birth to three lion cubs. The zoo's male lion, Luke, is father to all seven cubs.

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Two other cubs will get their names from you. The Washington Post, in conjunction with the Smithsonian National Zoo, are sponsoring a naming contest. Videos were submitted by the public explaining why the cub should have a particular moniker. Online voters have until noon on Wednesday, Sept. 22 to vote for their favorites.

Check them out:

By Washington Post editors  | December 9, 2010; 12:59 PM ET
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That cub has a big mouth. They should have named it Sarah Palin.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | December 9, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Aslan, as featured in the CS Lewis oeuvre, is most definitely a male lion. (And a manfestation of Jesus, but that's a whole other can of worms.) And, according to the earlier articles on the cubs' birth, all seven of the sister-cousins are females. I know no Turkish; is the name "Aslan" gender-neutral, or is there a female equivalent that might be used instead?

Posted by: nan_lynn | December 10, 2010 2:29 AM | Report abuse

nan_lynn, I think they figured out that at least one of the cubs is male.

Posted by: trossc | December 10, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

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