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What a young beauty! Introducing Ahava, a three-month-old female snow leopard cub that has made her public debut at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois.

Snow leopards are one of the rarest wildcats to come across, sadly, only as few as 4,000 snow leopards still remain in the wild. They are often solidarity creatures, who can be referred to as the "ghost of the mountain," due to their scarce and elusive sightings. 

Find out how you can help protect these elusive beauties and ensure their survival for generations to come at WWF

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There's a reason we all look at the cubs of big cats and want to pet them as if they're kittens, and this video showcases exactly why that is. Giving us its very best effort to roar like the king of the jungle, this tiny fluffy lion ends up squeaking instead, just like a kitten. 

The cub probably doesn't understand why everyone around it is awwing instead of bowing, but we do, and so do the people filming it. "They all make that sound?" one of the people asks, and another clarifies that "it'll turn into a growl later," but it's almost hard to believe that with how adorable the roar is. No wonder we all kiiinda want to have a pet lion. Like, be honest about it, it would be incredible to cuddle with one. It's almost shocking, honestly, that our cute house cats are relatives of cubs like this, but then we remember how ferociously our cat attacks whenever there's a hairband on the floor, and things make a bit more sense in the world. 

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Tiger Cub Smuggled Three Years Ago Is Now Living Happily In Its Forever Home

A terrifying story with a happy ending. Three years ago, a six week old Bengal tiger cub was rescued from a wildlife trafficking attempt at a San Diego area border crossing. Today, the fully grown tiger, Moka, is living happily with another rescued tiger named Nola.

Moka was discovered in the floorboard of a sports car driven by an 18-year-old man who was attempting to smuggle the tiger from Tijuana through the U.S.-Mexico border. As reported by the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy and Border Report, the passenger under whose legs the cub was hidden had at first said that it was "just a cat." The driver, Luis Valencia, when questioned, claimed that he had bought the tiger in Tijuana after seeing someone walking it on a leash and wanted to keep it as a pet. Later, of course, it was discovered that both statements were false, and Luis was sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges.

The cub was taken to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and had a surgery that saved his life. At the time, his weight was less than that of the average house cat - just 6 pounds. His name, Moka, means "chance" in Bengali and was given to him as a way of commemorating the story of his discovery. There, he got to meet Rakan, "a Sumartan tiger cub whose mother was unable to care for him," and together they grew up, played, wrestled, and pounced, becoming stronger and happier.

After a few months of care, still only a few months old, Moka was moved into an animal sanctuary called Lions, Tigers & Bears east of San Diego where he met Nola from Louisiana - another now fully grown tiger who was rescued as a cub.

The founder and director of Lions, Tigers & bears, Bobbi Brink, told Border Report that "[Moka and Nola] were both the same age, so they made great roommates, now they're best of friends," as well as that "[h]e's kind of shy but Nola is his strength. She'll be the first one to go out and check out something then slowly but surely he'll be right behind her," and no ending could make us happier.

Take a look at pictures of Moka from three years ago, over the first three months at the safari (with Rakan!) and today below.

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Not going to live, our hearts were beating out of our chest due to this dramatic unfolding! Talk about suspense! 

Out in blizzard, mother otter still has to eat and feed her cub, as well. While placing her cub in a location she will return to, the mama goes fishing. However, the little cub couldn't seem to sit still and decided to go back into the water, leaving the mother in a panic frenzy when she returns to find her cub gone. 

Thankfully, it all ends well and the pair are reunited by the end. 

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Terribly Abused Lion Cub Is Rescued

And not a moment too soon! This is a heartbreaking story but it has a happy ending. 

A lion cub, by the name of Simba, was one a few weeks old when he was taken away from his mother and forced to pose for pictures with tourists. 

The Russian owners were dragging the poor cub around and using him as a prop for tourists and their holiday photos. And as Simba grew, the owners broke his legs to keep him from running away. 

Tortured and beaten by his owners, the lion soon became ill to the point of death, according to reports. 

Simba was no longer able to take photos with tourists, due to his ill state, that the owners had tied him up and dumped him in a dilapidated barn in Russia. 

It is at the moment that Simba would be rescued from his life of torture. Yulia Agaeva, one of Simba's rescuers, had said, "This was a real hell. He was practically not fed, and for some reason in the frost. Water was constantly poured over him."

News of Simba's cruel torture spread across Russia, and even Vladimir Putin personally ordered a criminal probe into this senseless cruelty. 

Karen Dallakyan, the veterinary surgeon who saved Simba's life, helped Simba regain the use of his legs, thanks to several surgeries. Dallakyan had said that Simba suffered an "ocean of pain from humans" and that the recovery was a "miracle".

There had been over 30 offers from organizations to take the cub in, but Yulia was convinced that Tanzania, a rehabilitation center, was the right choice. 

"The rehabilitation center we selected employs highly trained, kind, animal-loving doctors who will take care of Simba 24/7. It is located in a beautiful area where elephants, zebras, caracals, servals, and other fauna live near Mount Kilimanjaro," said Yulia.

Simba will have a "huge unfenced space" to roam. 

Simba's transfer to a better life is expected at the end of this month. 

Our hearts break for this little cub and wish him all the best. We love you, Simba! 

Story via The Sun 

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Not that we can blame them! Did you see how cute that cub is!? If not, you need to re-watch it again. And again. And again. 

This little lady of wildcat wandered into a factory one day and pretty much stole the heart of the entire factory staff! Just look at the way they look at her! 

OK, we might be major piles of mushiness, as well! Just can't be helped. 

This is a two-part episode that leaves on a cliff-hanger but don't worry too much! Here is part 2

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Photos Of Dog And Cheetah Besties At Cincinnati Zoo Are Seriously Too Cute

Cutest best friends ever? We think so! Kris, the cheetah cub, was born July 9th and sadly lost her two siblings due to their mom Neena not being able to produce enough milk to sustain the cubs. 

In fear that Neena might abandon her last cub, caretakers at the Cincinnati Zoo stepped in and brought in a professional leader -- a dog! Blakely, the dog, came into the picture to "serve as a role model" the staff told PEOPLE

However, Blakely was retired and came out of retirement for the sole purpose of raising this cheetah cub. As it turns out though, Blakely was more than ready to get back to that retirement life just after a few months. 

Thus, a new canine stepped up to the plate! Remus, a mixed-breed rescue, is now Kris's newest (and from the looks of it, "best-est") friend! 

Seriously, it doesn't get any cuter than Remus and Kris! The two were photographed sharing toys and playing hide-n-seek!

Read more about the dog and cheetah pairings Cincinnati Zoo has paired over the years!

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Disney Used This Adorable Cub As a Model For Baby Simba In The New 'Lion King" Remake

Anyone who watched the new remake of "The Lion King" with Donald Glover and Beyonce, couldn't stand the cuteness of baby Simba. Now, the Dallas zoo announced on their facebook page that Bahati, a female lion at their zoo, was actually used as a model for it in the remake of the Disney classic. "When Bahati was just a month old, we provided Disney with video of her movements for their animation team to use for motion and behavior reference when designing Simba in The Lion King," the zoo shared on Facebook. Those who have seen the technically stunning and wildly successful remake might recognize the Dallas Zoo lion, Bahati, who isn't so little anymore. While most of the footage the zoo sent to Disney shows Bahati as a month-old cub, the formerly tiny lion is now a fully-grown, two-and-a-half-year-old lioness.


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Thank you, Wildlife Aid! After they received a call about a young fox cub stuck in what they call a 'light well', which was a hole that was created to bring some light into a basement, the rescuer, Simon, managed to rescue the angry little fox. After the quick rescue, the fox quickly scampered back to its mother. 

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The Cutest Polar Bear Cub Wanders The Zoo in Berlin For The First Time

The unnamed cub, born back in December, is finally on view to the public at the Tierpark zoo in Berlin, Germany and we couldn't ask for more on this Sunday morning. Even though some of the the texts are in German, we're sure you will enjoy the adorable photos and videos.  

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Sick Tiger Cub Makes Incredible Recovery After Being Rescued From The Circus

Aashe's rescue was carried out by Tigers in America. This organisation rescues tigers from horrible situations like this. 

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We can totally understand how the panda feels, cuz we don't understand a single word she's saying...hahaha