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Lion cub makes triumphant Zoo Miami debut

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) - A three-month-old lion cub, after various health scares, finally made his big Zoo Miami debut Thursday morning.

The lion cub, born at the zoo on December 15th, has faced several health challenges ranging from dehydration to bacterial infections.

After months of nursing, the lion cub has overcome obstacles and is now thriving under his mother's care.

On Thursday,  the cub along with his mother made their official public debut-marking the first time in Zoo Miami's history that a lion cub went on exhibit with its mother.

Named "Kwasi" after a famous African warrior, the zoo staff describes the 3-month-old cub as a fighter.

"Kwasi" was born to first-time mother "Asha," a lioness that was born at the Bronx Zoo in January of 2010. Though the cub's nourishment has been supplemented by the zoo staff, he has been able to remain with his mother-which is key to being properly socialized.

The cub's father is one of two brothers, "Jabari" and "Kwame," born at the Racine Zoo in Wisconsin in September of 2007.

Until further notice, the zoo plans on opening the mother and cub exhibit until noon each day. They will spend their afternoons off exhibit in their den area while the two males are on exhibit.

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