Lioness Leia, named for Star Wars princess, debuts in Texas

In this Wednesday, May 4, 2016 photo, a lioness named for movie character Princess Leia takes a drink of water while being introduced to some Star Wars costume-wearing fans during her public debut, at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas. Leia was born in October 2013 at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. She was transferred to the zoo in Waco as part of a species survival plan. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)

WACO, Texas (AP) — A lioness named for movie character Princess Leia (LAY’-uh) has been introduced to some Star Wars costume-wearing fans at a Texas zoo.

Leia made her public debut Wednesday at the Cameron Park Zoo in a “May the Fourth Be With You” event — a day celebrating all things Star Wars.

Leia was born in 2013 at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. She was transferred to the zoo in Waco as part of a species survival plan.

Leia had a chance to maul a fake Death Star and play with other toys portraying items made popular by the Star Wars movie franchise. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” was released last year.

Leia joins two other lions at the Texas zoo, which offered free admission Wednesday to visitors wearing Star Wars clothing.

 

 

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