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Your morning adorable: Lion cub at France's Lunaret Zoo

August 3, 2009 | 12:00 pm

Atlas lion cub

Tica, a month-old lion cub, is the youngest (and, we'd argue, cutest) resident of the Lunaret Zoo in Montpellier, France. Tica was born July 1 and is the first lion to be born at the zoo.

Tica is extra special because she's a descendant of an an extraordinarily rare subspecies, the Atlas lion (also called a Barbary lion). Atlas lions are extinct in the wild, although a small number live in zoos.  See another photo of Tica after the jump!

Atlas lion cub

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photos: Guillaume Horcajuelo / European Pressphoto Agency

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