The Lion Family

(Image credit: Flickr user Ian Sane)

This is His Royal Majesty King Zawadi Mungu of the Oregon Zoo. He lives there with his wives Neka and Kya.

(Image credit: Flickr user Ryan J. Zeigler)

And since September, he has three daughters: the triplets Kamali, Zalika, and Angalia. The three cubs are almost weaned now, and this past week they met their father for the first time. The first meeting was inside, away from the public. Zawadi Mungu was wary at first, but was soon grooming the cubs himself. Afterward, the whole family made their first public appearance together in the outdoor enclosure. The cubs wanted to play with dad, while their mother Neka and "aunt" Kya watched close by.

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Zawadi Mungu was surrounded by five females, but he took it in stride. The little snarls he gives the cubs are very inhibited. They have yet to see their father in full apex predator mode. You can keep up with the lion cubs’ development at Facebook. -via Viral Viral Videos

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Rubinsky: yes, it is very sad. Just before I snapped several pictures of him his eyes briefly met mine, and then he turned away. People can say what they want about animals not having a “soul” but I saw an old soul in his sad eyes during our encounter. I could sense he was very aware of his circumstance.

Miss Callania: thank you for posting my picture. I wasn’t insulted at all by Craig Cole’s correction. If anything I was a little embarrassed that I didn’t know the difference. Plus, I didn’t want anyone thinking it was the zoo staff that made the blunder. The Oregon Zoo has quite a competent staff of people. My niece has worked there for years and she is quite good her job. Thanks again!!
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Very cool and sweet to see, but I can't help but feel a little sad that these creatures won't ever experience the true wilderness they were meant to be in.
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