The Tearful Moment This Dad Lion Crouches Down To Meet His Baby Cub For The First Time Ever

Baby animals are one of the few things that manage to bring the internet together.

Baby animals are the absolute best! To be real, doesn’t matter what kind of animal. They’re all adorable when they are babies! We can’t stop watching viral videos of giraffes walking clumsily for the first time or baby otters frolicking around in the water. If a baby animal is involved – we want it. And it’s the same in this precious video.

In early September of 2019, the video was sharedby the Denver Zoo on Facebook, and it’s been viewed nearly half a million times ever since. The zoo shared the caption along with the video:

“This week’s Meru, Moremi or Tatu #cubdate comes with some exciting news: the cub has met his dad, Tobias, and big sister Kamara! Already 12 lbs, this little lion is climbing up the ranks in the world – as in he literally loves climbing everything and that includes Aunt Sabi and Kamara! Want to help us name him? Stop by the Zoo to cast your vote or make a donation online!

Source: Instagram/Denver Zoo

The lion cub was born at the zoo on July 25, 2019, according to Bored Panda:

“He’s spent the last couple months bonding with his mom (Neliah), dad (Tobias) and half-sister (Kamara) behind the scenes at Predator Ridge at Denver Zoo, and will soon make his big public debut in one of the outdoor habitats,”
Jake Kubié, the director of communications explained. “He’s all the things you might expect of a lion cub: playful, curious and energetic!”

For some time now, the zoo has been sharing swoon-worthy “cubdates” as the little lion baby grows up and experiences new things and learns new life skills. The zoo is still looking for a name for the baby boy’s name, as you may have noticed from their Facebook post. It’s been narrowed down to Tatu (which is the Swahili word for the number three (as the cub is the mother’s third offspring))and Meru (which is the name of a mountain in Tanzania), as of right now.

“Everyone is extremely excited and anxious to pay him a visit once he makes his public debut,”Jake commentedabout the public’s excitement about the cub. “The weekly updates we’ve been posting to our social channels are met with an outpouring of “Ohhs” and “Ahhs.” [and] we’re doing our best to give everyone their cub fix while they wait to see him in person!”

Source: FaceBook

The lion cub get to meet his dad for the first time and his older sister, Kamara, who is 4-years-old too.

“She is just the most attentive and affectionate older sister,” Denver Zoo’s Instagram account posted.

Despite the fact that the lions are undeniably cute, the zoo still wants people to actually realize that these animals are in danger in the wild. They really hope that their love for the lions will inspire other people to get involved with animal welfare.

“It’s very important to remember that half of African lions have disappeared in the last 25 years and face growing threats, such as poaching, loss of prey and destruction of habitats in their native ranges”the Denver Zoo
representative said to Bored Panda.

“We hope that by seeing our little lion cub, people will be inspired and take action to help protect his wild counterparts and other wildlife around the world,” he added.

Source: FaceBook

Also, the Denver Zoo prides themselves on running many initiatives to operate conservation programs, not only at the zoo but in the community too. Not only thay, but the zoo also offers educational programs, volunteer opportunities, and an “Adopt an Animal”program too.

On the video below, you can watch the sweet interaction between father and son.

Cubdate 5!

This week's Meru, Moremi or Tatu #cubdate comes with some exciting news: the cub has met his dad, Tobias, and big sister Kamara! Already 12 lbs, this little lion is climbing up the ranks in the world – as in he literally loves climbing everything and that includes Aunt Sabi and Kamara! Want to help us name him? Stop by the Zoo to cast your vote or make a donation online! Here's how: https://bit.ly/2ZDtJ4O

Posted by Denver Zoo on Friday, September 6, 2019