Cute lion cubs venture out with their dad for the first time

The Oregon Zoo's lion cubs — we first met Kamali, Zalika and Angalia in November — recently hung out with their 500-pound father, the intimidating-looking Zawadi Mungu, in their outdoor habitat for the first time.

The cute cubs were introduced to him in their indoor den only days earlier.

"The cubs rushed him as soon as they saw him," Laura Weiner, senior keeper for the zoo's Africa section, told the Oregonian. "At first he was surprised, but as time passed he grew more patient. A few days later, he was grooming them."

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Male lion Zawadi Mungu plays with his cubs for the first time in the Oregon Zoo's Predators of the Serengeti habitat in Portland February 27, 2014 in this handout provided by Oregon Zoo. Picture taken... more 
Male lion Zawadi Mungu plays with his cubs for the first time in the Oregon Zoo's Predators of the Serengeti habitat in Portland February 27, 2014 in this handout provided by Oregon Zoo. Picture taken February 27, 2014 and released March 7, 2014. REUTERS/Oregon Zoo/Shervin Hess/Oregon Zoo/Handout via Reuters less 
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In the video of the outdoor encounter, Zawadi Mungu tolerates his curious kids — the proud father briefly escapes them by hopping up on a boulder — but doesn't look like he's going to stoop to playing childish games with them any time soon.

Maybe he's more "cool dad" than "fun dad." Or maybe he just needs a little more time to adjust to the idea of parenthood.