This Rare, White Lion Cub Is the Only Thing Cuter Than a Normal Lion Cub

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Aug. 29 2014 2:42 PM

A Normal Lion Cub, and Another Normal Lion Cub, and a White Lion Cub

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I'm of the opinion that there is nothing cuter than a lion cub. Those little bundles of apex predator are the most adorable things on the planet, and if I were to raise one as my own at some point—with that relationship culminating in a Christian-esque reunion and lion hug, obviously—I would die a happy man.

Well, it turns out I was wrong. There is something cuter than a lion cub—a white lion cub.

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In the video above, you can watch the Johannesburg Zoo's three new lion clubs—Sabi, Jubba, and Letaba, born with a rare white coat—acclimate to their new home. The four month-old cubs are triplets, and had been in quarantine at the zoo since July.

The white furred Letaba is, as mentioned, freakishly adorable, but if you need more reason to fall in love with the little guy, here's the woman responsible for managing the zoo's lions (and other big cats), Agnes Maluleke: "The white one is a leader and he is very playful, but he plays very rough, because he is actually thinking that we are all lions and we have fur to protect our skin. So you need to be very careful around them."

Such a little rascal, that Letaba. As long as he's cool with lounging in a first-floor apartment in Brooklyn for the foreseeable future, he's welcome in my pride anytime.

A.J. McCarthy is a Slate video blogger.

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