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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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margaret March 10 2014 at 1:28 PM

Father lion, looks like a BARBIZON LION -- very rare -- is he ? His almost black mane is very beautiful.

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candacedean March 10 2014 at 10:59 AM

wonderful...gorgeous animals...I love them

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ajschrod March 10 2014 at 10:48 AM

There must be some instinctive way for him to know they are "his" cubs, because in the wild male lions have been known to kill cubs fathered by others.

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rwilliamhoward ajschrod March 10 2014 at 11:44 AM

Absolutely. I think it's by SMELL. He knows the combination ot the MOTHER and HIM. Other father makes the cubs smell different.

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mclkarim rwilliamhoward March 10 2014 at 12:30 PM

I think you are right about that.

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Joan March 10 2014 at 4:04 PM

'Daddy' looked less than thrilled to meet his brood! Maybe, in time!

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papajokr Joan March 10 2014 at 9:19 PM

Yep, just as soon as they come in estrus.

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MICHELLE March 10 2014 at 10:14 AM

Dad sure seems proud of his pride!

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DannyJane March 10 2014 at 10:07 AM

Dad's trying to assert his dominence. It's working really well. Yep, sure it is. The babies are REAL impressed.

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txdmerc73 March 10 2014 at 4:15 PM

lol cute! k looks like daddys a grumpy cat!

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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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ashley March 10 2014 at 9:50 AM

Seeing it happen in person is so much more amazing. You can really sense bonding in person and get to see every interaction

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Linda March 10 2014 at 9:48 AM

Typical father................

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