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Meet the real-life Simba!

This little lion cub might look familiar – because he’s the real-life cub who Disney animators used to create their CGI Lion King.

Bahati is actually a female cub living in Dallas Zoo, in Texas, USA. But the cute cub was picked from thousands by animators for them to study and base their animated Simba cub on.

The adorable cub was filmed running around and playing with other lions.

A spokesperson for Dallas Zoos said: “The world’s most famous lion cub got some of his moves from our very own Bahati. When Bahati was just a month old, we provided Disney with a video of her movements for their animation team to use for motion and behaviour reference when designing Simba in The Lion King. From walking on wobbly new legs to licking milk droplets off her face we captured every moment no matter how small. We think it’s great to be able to see bits of Bahati in Simba”.

And now, Bahati is no longer a cub because it is a full grown, two year old lioness.

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