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Your morning adorable: Month-old lion cubs mug for the camera at Russian zoo

February 12, 2011 |  8:23 am

Lion cubs at the zoo in Nizhny Novgorod

Twin lion cubs born last month at the Mishutka Zoo in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, are clearly hogging the zoo's supply of cuteness.

The cubs were born to mother Jessica (an oddly human name for a lion, we think) and father Richard (Richard the Lionheart, get it?).

Lion cubs don't become fully mature until they're about 3 or 4 years old, so these guys still have a lot of time for playing ahead of them. As adults, they may weigh upward of 400 pounds!

Lions start life with spotted coats, but the spots, much like some humans' freckles, fade over time. Some adult lions still have remnants of their former spots on their legs and bellies, though.

See another photo of the cubs after the jump!

Lion cubs at the zoo in Nizhny Novgorod

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-- Lindsay Barnett

Photos: Mikhail Beznosov / Reuters

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