Egypt unveils animal mummies of lion cubs, crocodiles and birds

A large cache of mummified animals found in an ancient Egyptian necropolis have been displayed for the first time near the capital Cairo.

Archaeologists discovered the trove last year near the Step Pyramid of Saqqara, south of the capital.

They uncovered hundreds of artefacts, including masks, statues and mummified cats, crocodiles, cobras and birds.

Egyptian authorities unveiled the artefacts at an exhibition near the Saqqara necropolis on Saturday 23rd November.

Tests are being carried out to verify whether two of the mummified animals are lion cubs, Egypt's ministry of antiques said.

Source : BBC News