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A Rare White Lion Was Born In Omaha And Attention Must Be Paid

The rare cub was born Nov. 21 along with a brother and sister at Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Each of them are a little over 4 pounds.

Posted on November 26, 2014, at 6:51 p.m. ET

This little guy apparently benefits from a rare recessive gene from both his parents, Ahadi and Mr. Big.

Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium / Via Facebook: OmahaZoo

Zoo keepers are closely monitoring him and his two siblings to make sure all is well, particularly since they are the first litter for their 6-year-old mother. And so far, zoo officials say Ahadi is providing "good maternal care."

As for the cubs, the zoo says they are nursing and appear to be healthy.

Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Here's the whole brood. They've only recently opened their eyes.

Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

They've also started to explore their new world.

Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

And establish a pecking order.

Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

And one day, young lion, you too may give a roar to allegiance.

Via giphy.com

That's the idea.

Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

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