11 adorable pictures of the moment Edinburgh Zoo keepers gave their lions Valentine's Day gifts

Staff at the capital wildlife park treated their pride of Asiatic lions to decorated boxed treats.

Thursday, 13th February 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 8:02 pm

Edinburgh Zoo has shared adorable photos of their six-month old Asiatic lion cubs - Mitaali, Keshari and Kushanu - celebrating Valentine’s Day with their parents.

Roberta was chosen as the best match because of her genetic characteristics. It is vital to conserve the genes of the species, enabling future generations to be reintroduced to the wile. Pictures: RZSS/Sian Addison
The family are part of the European endangered species programme for the Asiatic lion. Picture: RZSS/Sian Addison

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It is estimated there are only between 350 and 650 Asiatic lions left in the wild. RZSS/Sian Addison
The keepers spared no effort treating their pride this week, decorating the treat boxes with amusing slogans. Picture: RZSS/Sian Addison
The three lion cubs - Mitaali, Keshari and Kushanu - were born in August 2019. Picture: RZSS/Sian Addison
Following a public poll in November, the wildlife conservation charity named the youngsters Mitaali, Keshari and Kushanu in tribute to the Gir forest in western India where the endangered species is found. Picture: RZSS/Sian Addison
Edinburgh Zoo explains their Asiatic lions differ from their African cousins in several ways. Asian lions are generally smaller than the more recognisable African prides. Picture: RZSS/Sian Addison
Male Asiatic lions' manes are also smaller than African lions, so their ears are more visible. Picture: RZSS/Sian Addison
Roberta the lioness was selected to be paired with resident Edinburgh male Jayendra through the European Endangered Species Programme, which is run by experts at other zoos across Europe. RZSS/Sian Addison
Keepers helped the Asiatic lion cubs wish their parents Roberta and Jayendra celebrate the romantic holiday. Picture: RZSS/Sian Addison
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland's aim is to educated Scots about nature and 'safeguard species from extinction'. Picture: RZSS/Sian Addison