If you have an idea to win over the internet, sharing an adorable animal video is a way to go, be it a puppy taking first steps or a cute kitty doing something funny, no matter how simple or silly it is internet still loves it.
Not every dad has time to play with their kids, but this video shared by Denver zoo, tells us that this lion dad has plenty of time to spend with his cub.
This video shared on September 6, 2019, showcases a lion and a cub playing around in its enclosure. Although everyone’s attention is obviously on the tiny lion baby, the moment shared between him and his lion daddy is the moment that brings a smile to our faces.
This moment of two generations meet for the first time and the way the lion (Tobias) crouched down to interact with the cub, instantly won over the internet. Many admired this 2-year-old father for his gentle behavior.
Denver Zoo representative mentioned that the cub was born on July 25. “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 revealed. “He’s all the things you might expect of a lion cub: playful, curious and energetic!”
Denver zoo post a series about lions named “cub dates” every other day to let out a glimpse at their newest lion cub who is yet to be named along with this the zoo is trying to involve the public to raise funds for lions in the zoo as well as in the wild by letting them pick a name. The final choices are the following: Meru, which is the name of a mountain in Tanzania, Moremi, which stands for the name of a game reserve in Botswana, and Tatu, which is the Swahili word for the number three (as the cub is Neliah’s third offspring).
“Everyone is extremely excited and anxious to pay him a visit once he makes his public debut,” Jake commented on the public’s response to the adorable cub. “The weekly updates we’ve been posting to our social channels are met with an outpouring of “Oohs” and “Ahhs.” [and] we’re doing our best to give everyone their cub fix while they wait to see him in person!”
The video also shows the baby cub playing with an older female lion which isn’t his mother, but his half-sister, the 4-year-old Kamara. “She is just the most attentive and affectionate older sister,” Denver Zoo’s Instagram account reported.
“It’s very important to remember that half of the 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 wanted to stress. “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.