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Zoo Miami is home to a beloved character from 'The Lion King.' And now four new babies.

All four piglets, two male and two female, right after their neonatal exam. They were born Friday, June 29, 2018, at Zoo Miami.
All four piglets, two male and two female, right after their neonatal exam. They were born Friday, June 29, 2018, at Zoo Miami. Zoo Miami

Disney's "The Lion King" is a family favorite. It had quirky and unforgettable characters, such as the African warthog "Pumba."

While the warthog is native to Sub-Saharan Africa, Zoo Miami has a "Pumba" or two of its own. And now they have babies.

On Friday, June 29, Zoo Miami welcomed four baby warthogs — two male and two female.

The piglets were born to a 4-year-old mother from the Indianapolis Zoo and a 4-year-old father from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, according to a Zoo Miami press release.

"Today was the first time that zoo staff was able to temporarily separate the mother from her newborns for a few minutes to successfully perform a neonatal exam on each of them," said Ron Magill, Zoo Miami spokesperson.

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Zoo Miami associate veterinarian, Dr. Marisa Bezjian, listens to the heart of one of the newborn warthogs born Friday at Zoo Miami.. Ron Magill Zoo Miami

The exam confirmed their sex and proved that all four piglets have had a healthy start to life and are developing well, the release adds.

This is the second litter of offspring for both parents, as well as Zoo Miami's third successful birth of warthogs —the first one coming in 1995.

The public will not be able to view these piglets just yet.

The mother and her piglets will remain off exhibit until they have properly bonded and acclimated to their surroundings. Then they will go on public display.

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