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Zoo celebrates birthday of Kwanzaa the lion

December 27, 2005

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— The seven-day holiday of Kwanzaa began Monday, but the celebration started early at the Cameron Park Zoo.

A South African lion named "Kwanzaa" celebrated his first birthday, and the weekend party included 10 pounds of horse meat fashioned into a cake, whipped cream and a carrot representing a candle.

Kwanzaa was born at the zoo on Christmas Eve 2004 and now weighs more than 115 pounds.

Zookeeper Manda Butler said Kwanzaa would be on display through January as crews prepare to send him to the zoo in Birmingham, Ala.

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