Normally, a lion’s freshly born young are not doing well. However, the lovely man in the video below can’t wait to see his kid for the first time. The touching video was shot in the Denver Zoo and then uploaded on Facebook, melting hearts across the world!
The 12-pound cub was born on July 31 at the zoo and has only spent time with his mother since then. As a result, the zoo’s caretakers decided it was time for the newcomer to meet his family. And the internet-won moment when he finally met his two-year-old father. The small lion will soon be ready to make his first public debut, according to authorities at the Denver Zoo.
“He’s spent the last several months bonding behind the scenes in Predator Ridge at Denver Zoo with his mom, dad, and half-sister, and will shortly make his big public debut in one of the outdoor habitats,” Jake Kubié, Denver Zoo’s director of communications, told Bored Panda. “He’s everything you’d expect from a lion cub: lively, interested, and active!”
While Neliah and Tobias, the young one’s parents, are well-known in Denver, he has yet to be given a name. As a result, the zoo is looking for help with the name from its followers. The options, according to the Bored Panda, include Meru, which is the name of a Tanzanian mountain, Moremi, which is the name of a Botswana game reserve, and Tatu, which is the Swahili word for three (the cub is the lioness’ third child). Everyone is encouraged to vote and contribute $1 to the three finalists, according to the zoo.