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Roar! Hear this adorable white lion cub test her voice

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:

A zoo volunteer holds an eight-day-old white lion cub at Belgrade's "Good hope garden" zoo, October 4, 2013. The female white lion cub, still unnamed,...
Marko Djurica / Reuters
A zoo volunteer holds an eight-day-old white lion cub at Belgrade's "Good hope garden" zoo.
A zoo volunteer plays with an eight-day-old white lion cub at Belgrade's "Good hope garden" zoo, October 4, 2013. The female white lion cub, still unn...
Marko Djurica / Reuters
A zoo volunteer plays with the white lion cub.
An eight-day-old white lion cub plays at Belgrade's "Good hope garden" zoo, October 4, 2013. The female white lion cub, still unnamed, was born eight ...
Marko Djurica / Reuters
The female cub plays at Belgrade's "Good hope garden" zoo.
A zoo volunteer holds an eight-day-old white lion cub at Belgrade's "Good hope garden" zoo, October 4, 2013. The female white lion cub, still unnamed,...
Marko Djurica / Reuters
The female white lion cub, still unnamed, was born eight days ago to parents Masha and Wambo. A male was also born to parents Masha and Wambo but died.
A zoo volunteer holds an eight-day-old white lion cub at Belgrade's "Good hope garden" zoo, October 4, 2013. The female white lion cub, still unnamed,...
Marko Djurica / Reuters
A zoo volunteer cuddles with the cub.

An eight-day-old white lion cub plays with a soft toy donkey at Belgrade's "Good hope garden" zoo, October 4, 2013. The female white lion cub, still u...
Marko Djurica / Reuters
The 8-day-old white lion cub plays with a soft toy donkey at Belgrade's "Good hope garden" zoo.

An eight-day-old white lion cub plays with a soft toy donkey at Belgrade's "Good hope garden" zoo, October 4, 2013. The female white lion cub, still u...
Marko Djurica / Reuters
The unnamed cub enjoys more cuddles with her toy.


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