Six-year-old Meo gave birth for the first time on December 7th, and until now the cubs have led a very sheltered life, initially spending all their time in a dark and quiet nesting box.
Meo has been bringing her cubs out into the adjacent night yards, so the cubs are slowly getting used to the wider world around them.
On March 5th Zoo veterinarians and keepers separated Meo from the cubs for a brief period, so Dr Michael Lynch could give the cubs a health check and vaccinate them against cat flu and feline enteritis.
Afterwards, keepers opened the access doors between the exhibit and the behind-the-scenes areas, so Meo and the cubs could move between the two areas. It’s expected that they will spend more and more time out in the exhibit as they become increasingly confident. See more on Meo and Leon’s background at the Melbourne Zoo website.