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Lion cubs born to Borås public acclaim

A lioness gave birth to three cubs at Borås Zoo on Friday, the first in full view of a excited half-term audience.

Lion cubs born to Borås public acclaim

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.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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