A remake of the famous cartoon “The Lion King” breaks records by the number of views. But not all viewers know that to create characters, computer graphics were combined with frames of real animals.
The central character of the picture, Simba the lion cub, also has a real prototype. This is Bahati from the Dallas Zoo, USA. Interestingly, unlike Simba, she is a girl.
Lions live about 12–16 years in the wild and up to 25 years in zoos
When work on the animated film had just begun, zoo staff sent a video with a beautiful baby to Disney Studios. Apparently, a charming young lioness was appreciated there, because in the end Simba turned out to be very similar to her.
Bahati was only a month old when she was filmed
The video with the lion girl got on the Network and now everyone can appreciate the similarities with the character of the film and just admire the monthly Bahati.