Rare Asiatic Lion Born in Japan

Posted on April 3, 2008

Well, isn't he the most adorable thing you've ever seen? This is Raja, a 7-week-old Asiatic lion who was born at the Yokohama Zoological Gardens Zoorasia, which is south of Tokyo, Japan.

The Asiatic lion is a rare subspecies of lion: there are only 350 of them 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," said Shunichiro Tajima the Zoo Keeper.

The Zoo is letting the public pick his name, which will be one of three Hindi names: Suraj, Dost, or Raja meaning Sun, Friend and King. We vote for Raja.

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