The first of the three cubs was born in the open area in which the lions are kept at the zoo in Borås in western Sweden. The lioness then elected to seek the solace of her pen to complete the birth of her brood, according to local newspaper Borås Tidning.
"She gave birth to the first cub outside. We were then able to bring in the lioness and the lion into the birthing pen and then go out and collect in the cub," confirmed Karin Mårtensen at Borås Zoo to the newspaper.
Friday's visitors to the zoo can consider themselves fortunate to have been witness to the birth. The lion house will remain closed during Sunday to ensure that the proud parents and their newborn offspring are given some peace and quiet.
The zoo's other lions - a male, two females and two cubs born in the summer - will however be on view for visitors to the zoo on Sunday.
With the park closing its doors after the weekend curious visitors will have to wait until December to get a chance to view the new additions to the pride.
"If all goes well. We don't know that yet," Mårtensen said.