Adorable Moment A Lion Dad Crouches Down To Meet His Baby Cub For The First Time

Zookeeper Andrew Haertzen, who’s worked with the cub’s pride before at the zoo, said: “This process helps him know who his protector is, who his mom is. Moving too quickly can harm his development.”

The zoo was torn between three names: Meru which is a Tanzanian mountain; Moremi, which is the name of a game reserve in Botswana; and finally Tatu, which is the Swahili word for the number three, as he is the mum’s third cub.

The African lion population has been slashed in half in the past 25 years. Vice President for Animal Care at the Denver Zoo, Hollie Colahan, hopes the birth will raise awareness for their dangerously declining numbers:

These lions really help us tell the important story of what is happening to lions in the wild.

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