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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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mmogayzel March 10 2014 at 4:22 PM

Dad might need a few breath mints.

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winter68 mmogayzel March 10 2014 at 4:44 PM

funny.... I was thinking the same thing

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tsr5112 mmogayzel March 10 2014 at 4:55 PM

It smells like something died there?

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Lisa March 10 2014 at 7:10 PM

That's so cute!!! He is gently telling them he is in charge, while they are showing him they respect his authority, but still want to play with their dad. :-)

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bhrepoman March 10 2014 at 12:26 PM


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BETTY March 10 2014 at 12:21 PM

The dangerous time for those cubs is supposed to be when he wants to mate again...mom cant come into heat until the cubs are older. often the male kills the cubs to precipitate that to happen.
I'd really like to see these interactions all day long...sooo adorable...would love a live feed u guys!

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bonnieallmine BETTY March 10 2014 at 1:30 PM

and yet, it works so well in Africa. It would not adhere to evolutionary behavior for a social animal to kill its own cubs just so that he can mate...that is usually because there is more than one female to a male lion, so there are always females available. He would not kill his own cubs normally. This is not a normal situation, but the keepers usually know that. There may be more than one female. His wanting to mate has nothing to do with it. He only becomes interested if he is an outside male coming in, wanting to start his own pride, or when the female comes into heat on her own.

For the domestic cat, the male toms only come around when the female is in heat. The domestic cat is not part of a social group like lions.

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montunaman March 10 2014 at 7:13 PM

Well. that's life. I watch my dogs and cats and even my friends and it pretty much goes the same way.
A nap interrupted..... annoying.

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adriankip March 10 2014 at 1:32 PM

That big boy looks extremely pissed to me.

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simpljb March 10 2014 at 7:14 PM

LOL - he looks annoyed by em - lookee here brats , i'm not gonna coddle you like your momma rooooooooaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrr !!

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Dan Craig March 10 2014 at 11:40 AM

Exactly right, vrf19977. But these zookeepers know all. They should start watching animal planet!

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