September 24, 2015 10:53 PM EDT

This adorable lion cub shows that even the mightiest hunter comes from some pretty meek beginnings.

The little guy’s attempt at a ferocious and terrifying howl manifests itself in the smallest, most charming of squeaks. As he tries harder to strike fear into the hearts of those watching, this real-life Simba only makes himself seem less threatening with his little yelps.

We’re sure his roar will be mighty as ever some day. For now, though, he better count on his cuteness to get him by.

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