Lion king a puppy with his cubs

African lion Zawadi Mungu ventured outside with his three cubs at the Oregon Zoo in March 2014, demonstrating a remarkable tolerance for attacks on his mane, tail and patience. (Photo by Shervin Hess, courtesy of the Oregon Zoo)
African lion Zawadi Mungu ventured outside with his three cubs at the Oregon Zoo in March 2014, demonstrating a remarkable tolerance for attacks on his mane, tail and patience. (Photo by Shervin Hess, courtesy of the Oregon Zoo)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The new dad showed his patience as his three little ones jumped all over him. Despite towering over them, the little ones soon warmed up to their gruff father — and soon he was grooming them.

The father, in this case, is a 500-pound lion named Zawadi Mungu. He recently began spending time with his three new lion cubs, who were born September 7.

African lion Zawadi Mungu ventured outside with his three cubs at the Oregon Zoo in March 2014, demonstrating a remarkable tolerance for attacks on his mane, tail and patience. (Photo by Shervin Hess, courtesy of the Oregon Zoo)
African lion Zawadi Mungu ventured outside with his three cubs at the Oregon Zoo in March 2014, demonstrating a remarkable tolerance for attacks on his mane, tail and patience. (Photo by Shervin Hess, courtesy of the Oregon Zoo)

In a release from the Oregon Zoo, officials said the cubs’ mother, Neka, was close by, as was the other lioness, Kya.

The cubs met their father in the indoor den recently, then last week the father and his cubs ventured outside. Zoo officials said the lions can be seen outside on most days warmer than 45.

The Oregon Zoo opens daily at 9 a.m.

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