This cutie isn’t just another lion cub. She shows a huge movie production, Disney what it’s like to be a little adorable lion cub. When Disney worked on their animation for their new The Lion King movie, they wanted to create an animation of little Simba. Turning on National Geographic to have an idea of how a lion cub behaves wasn’t enough for them. The animation team wanted a real lion cub to simulate its movement. And so, they contacted Dallas Zoo and found a little adorable female cub named Bahati.
The Zoo published on social media that Bahati is the inspiration for Simba’s look and movements. The footages went viral, and little Bahati has surely captured the internet’s heart.
The Dallas Zoo poster on their Facebook page:
“BAHATI OR SIMBA?: The world’s most famous lion cub may have gotten some of his moves from our very own Bahati! 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. From walking on wobbly new legs, to licking milk droplets off of her face, we captured every moment, no matter how small. So now you MUST go see Disney’s The Lion King (opening today!), and let us know if you see any bit of baby Bahati in Simba.
P.S. we’ll be at Alamo Drafthouse Dallas / Fort Worth in Lake Highlands this afternoon before the 4 pm showing! Stop by to get up-close with some of the animals on our Animal Adventures Outreach team.”
Watch how Bahati looks today as a grown cute lion!
Thank you beautiful Bahati for showing us how to make Simba as adorable as you.