Lion cub named Tobias, poses for camera

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Showing off for the camera, the first born cub of African lion couple Lelie and Tiberius debuted his name Tobias.

Tobias, now 3-months-old, can be seen at the Buffalo Zoo where his caregivers have been working on ensuring the cub’s health. As he’s now three, the zoo decided to give him a name the public can embrace.

Officials are hoping the public will embrace Tobias — with the nickname of Toby — due to the cub’s cute toes.

But don’t get too comfortable in the cub’s presence, Toby is now 20 pounds and continues to grow.

As keepers continue to acquaint the cub, they say he’s not yet ready to join the pride outside. His public debut will likely follow this summer. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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