Meet Zoo Miami's Adorable New Lion Cub, K'wasi

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Courtesy of Ron Magill/Zoo Miami
Congratulations Miami: it's a boy.

Technically, the little guy was born back in December, but it wasn't until yesterday that the fuzzball started getting stalked by paparazzi.

Meet Zoo Miami's three-month-old lion cub, K'wasi, now on display with his momma, Asha, every day. He's a tough guy, and he's already been through a lot, so you know he's going to be one of our favorite Zoo Miami family members for years to come.

Learn everything you ever needed to know about the feisty little newcomer below (complete with adorable pictures).

See also: Breaking News: Zoo Miami Elephant Unable to Poop

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Courtesy of Ron Magill/Zoo Miami
K'wasi enjoys stalking random things, jumping on his mom's back and afternoon naps. "He certainly is a fighter. He doesn't seem to have a lot of fear of a lot of things," says Ron Magill, Zoo Miami's Goodwill Ambassador and Communications Director.

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Courtesy of Ron Magill/Zoo Miami
K'wasi's paternity is a mystery straight out of Jerry Springer. Turns out, two male lion brothers were both seen covering his mom, Asha, and they don't know which one did the deed. Scandalous!

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Courtesy of Ron Magill/Zoo Miami
K'wasi is an only child. "With this lion, he was the only one born in the litter. That's very unusual, lions usually have two to six cubs," Magill says.

K'wasi almost didn't make it. "I have to be honest with you, we really doubted this cub would survive," Magill adds. Luckily, his mom allowed the zoo's dedicated staffers to help care for the little guy, without later rejecting him (as lionesses are wont to do).

The cub is named after a famous African warrior. 'Cuz he's already a badass and he's beaten the odds.

K'wasi is the first baby big cat to ever go on display with his momma at Zoo Miami. So he's kind of a big deal.

If you've got baby lion fever, you can visit K'wasi at Zoo Miami. He and his mom will be on exhibit every day from around 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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14 comments
Vanessa Ortiz
Vanessa Ortiz

Eyda Ortiz Yvette Ponzoa can we go see the kitty?

Rosalyn Delgado
Rosalyn Delgado

"From the day we arrive on the planet..and blinking step into the sun....."

Orlando De Frias
Orlando De Frias

Kelly, aquariums are the ones you should direct your hatred toward. Well-run zoos (of which Zoo Miami is one of them) are important to the conservation of the species they house.

Kelly Anne Connery
Kelly Anne Connery

I'm aware of all of that...thanks for the educated response. Many aspects to this problem with multiple possible solutions.... we shall see how our world reacts. So far, not good. Sad.

Genevieve Nicole Colletta
Genevieve Nicole Colletta

Dear Miami New Times. Please use actual words. "Adorbs" does not count. When in doubt, reference the Oxford English Dictionary.

Mike Alexander
Mike Alexander

Kelly The staff there is very caring and treat the animals well. I know them personally and worked with them for years. Before you condemn zoos, keep in mind that human activity (poaching, industry, pollution, etc) is impacting their environment. As an apex predator and keystone species, lions are very important and zoos are necessary to ensuring biodiversity until such a time as humans learn to take care of themselves (and the planet) in a manner that doesn't send all life cascading toward extinction. If you don't want to see animals in captivity, then boycott or apply public pressure to companies that do business where these animals live and fight for living wages for the local people, clean water, and to end polluting the environment. Oil companies routinely pour oil into rivers, fracking is causing earthquakes, and toxic chemicals are used in the manufacture of clothing and electronics. Until we can guarantee animals the ability to live relatively normal lives, zoos are a necessary evil.

Kelly Anne Connery
Kelly Anne Connery

My heart would melt only if I had gone in a wild African safari and witnessed this....NOT caged, wild animals. Sad. EFF THE ZOO/AQUARIUM ETC.

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