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6-month-old cubs finally get to meet dad

6-Month-Old Lion Cubs Finally Meet Their Dad

Father's Day came early at the Oregon Zoo as the zoo's male African lion got to meet his six-month-old cubs for the first time. The little ones rushed to their dad immediately, and though they were a little frightened of his roar, they soon grew accustomed to him.

Zawadi Mungu seemed at once amused and perplexed by his brood. The cubs certainly kept him busy, and he playfully swatted at them and seemed to indulge their games.

With the babies around, he's the king of the jungle ... and the cat toy, too.


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Gayle March 10 2014 at 5:13 AM

Just precious.

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monakkhh Gayle March 10 2014 at 5:47 AM

Do these folks realize that they're placing these 5 month year old cubs in danger? The male father can very easily just do away with them with one bite as it is in THEIR NATURE TO DO and the main reason why a mother in the wild ferociously protects her liter, not from other wild animals but from the father.

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dterrydraw monakkhh March 10 2014 at 6:20 AM

Actually (and the same goes for feral cats), the problem is males who are not the father. The biological father (as though lions cultivated fost-parent systems?) simply doesn't bother with his own offspring.....at least not prior to their sexual maturity. Other adult males, however, will do so.

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brandon_skidoo March 10 2014 at 8:07 AM

awwwwwww so cute thos cubs just wanna play :)

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WillPray4U March 10 2014 at 6:58 AM

He COULD get really tough. I think he was just showing who is boss. Typical Dad just loving Dads.

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mantlelives7 March 10 2014 at 7:53 AM

maybe he did hot have his first cup of coffee and ready the paper yet. but as others have stated he could have killed any of them in an instant....and he did not.

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f4180 mantlelives7 March 10 2014 at 8:26 AM

cause they were his , if another lion fathered them they'd be popcorn

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Carolyn March 10 2014 at 6:41 AM

I dunno. Daddy lion doesn't look too paternal to me. I think they better run for Mommy!

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bwaymike March 10 2014 at 6:23 AM

Big Puddy Tat!

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yrishere2 March 10 2014 at 8:00 AM

Jungle? I thought we were past saying lions were from there..

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Melissa ! March 10 2014 at 7:53 AM

awe!! i love animals.

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skerryc March 10 2014 at 8:24 AM

Cranky Dad!!!! Smile!!

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Marcia March 10 2014 at 8:19 AM

Yep, dad. Good idea. Give these cubs a tap on the butt at this age. Then you won't have issues with them later. Just like kids.

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