Oct. 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM ET
Serbia’s Belgrade Zoo welcomed its newest — and perhaps most adorable — resident, a rare white lion cub, eight days ago. On Thursday, the press got a glimpse of the little pipsqueak (emphasis on squeak), who was born to parents Masha and Wambo.
The 2.8-pound cub is one of 11 white lions living at the Belgrade Zoo. Her birth is a special one as there are only an estimated 500 white lions living in captivity around the world, and the animal is all but extinct in the wild. A color mutation gave rise to their snowy coats, which are considered sacred among some South African tribes and highly sought after by hunters.
Check out her pitifully adorable roaring attempts in the video above, and just try not to squeal through these sweet photos: