Rare white lion takes the stage in Pigeon Forge

Published: Jul. 9, 2013 at 7:34 PM EDT
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A rare white lion, one of only 300 in existence in the world, is now performing in the cast of the Smoky Mountain Opry.

The lion, named Tsimba-Vaati, is 7-years-old and weighs approximately 500 pounds. He was born in captivity and was obtained from a private zoo in the Northern United States.

The lion is part of the Best of Broadway portion of the show and can be seen during “The Circle of Life” section of the “Smoky Mountain Opry.”

“Our new white lion is among the rarest and most treasured animals in the world, said David Fee, co-owner and president of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “He is a creature of the most extra-ordinary kind and we are thrilled to have him join our show.”

Tsimba-Vaati has been rehearsing for six weeks to become part of the show.

You can see the lion and other animals in the variety show in Pigeon Forge daily. You can reach the box office at 865-428-7469.