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Oregon Zoo lion cub hospitalized

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The smallest of the Oregon Zoo's three lion cubs is being cared for at a veterinary hospital because she's having trouble keeping her body temperature at a normal level.

Zookeepers also said the cub is not nursing as she should and had blood work not in the normal range. Animal care staff moved the cub to the veterinary hospital Sunday.

A spokesman said the zoo is "hopeful that we can get her back with mom and sisters soon."

"We are hopeful, but at the same time realize that her situation is still guarded," said zoo spokesman Hova Najarian, in an email to FOX 12.

Neka, a 6-year-old African lioness, gave birth to the three cubs on Sept. 7.

The two other lion cubs are growing at normal rate, and Neka is now getting time with adults during the day to give her a break from caring for her cubs.

There's no word yet on when the cubs will be ready for their public debut.

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