[Tokyo, April 2. Images via AP.]

A 7-week-old Indian lion "Raja" relaxes after feeding milk at the Yokohama zoological gardens Zoorasia, south of Tokyo, Japan.


The tiny lion cub is one of a rare subspecies of lions called the Asiatic lion. Only 350 individuals are known to survive in the wild. The last of the Asiatic lions live in the state of Gujarat in India. "His mother is not only unaccustomed to raising a child but also a bit too old as a lion to raise a child. So after discussions, we decided to raise him by ourselves because it would enhance his survival probability."—Shunichiro Tajima, Zoo Keeper

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