x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Al Ain zoo names lion cubs Dana and Laith

Dana, meaning 'large pearl' in Arabic and Laith, which means 'lion' are officially named.

Dana and Laith are the names of the new lion cubs at Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort. The park had invited visitors to suggest names for the cubs, who were born in October.
Dana and Laith are the names of the new lion cubs at Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort. The park had invited visitors to suggest names for the cubs, who were born in October.

Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort's new lion cubs will be called Dana and Laith, after a three-year-old's suggestions beat hundreds of others.

Born in October, Dana "large pearl" is the female and "Laith" "lion" the male.

The names were suggested by Laith Qattmeer, a Jordanian from Abu Dhabi.

"It was important to pick names that were closest to those living here" said Farshid Mehrdadfar, manager of the park's animal collection department.

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