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Rare White Lion Joins Smoky Mountain Opry

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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) - A rare white lion now has a home in the Smoky Mountains.

Tsimba-Vaati -- an unusual beast and one of only about 300 white lions in the world -- has been added to the Best of Broadway segment during the Smoky Mountain Opry's "Circle of Life" performance.

The Smoky Mountain Opry's exotic animal specialist, Corky Miller, told The Mountain Press that Tsimba-Vaati has been working on becoming a performer for about six weeks and is very comfortable on stage.

The Opry obtained the lion from a small private zoo in the northern United States. All Miller would say is Tsimba-Vaati's current home is better than her prior circumstances.

Miller said Tsimba-Vaati was born in captivity and would face an uncertain future if released in the wild.

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