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A Lion's Fathers Day story, heartwarming!

As any dad knows, it’s not easy to do the lion’s share of the childcare when you don’t have any help from Mum.

 

There’s the job of disciplining unruly tots, keeping them looking clean and teaching them the skills they need in life. But when African lion Wallace lost his mate Rachel suddenly from a stroke when their only cub, Khari, was just seven months old, he took over the parenting duties.

 

Adult male lions are not known for their tolerance of younger members of their pride — or, for that matter, getting their paws dirty when it comes to childcare.

 

Yet Wallace amazed his keepers at Blackpool Zoo by stepping into the breach — and showing incredible devotion and patience looking after his cub. On the eve of Father’s Day, we reveal the father-son bond that will touch every heart.


Khari then:

 

Cub scout: Young Khari at his home in Blackpool Zoo. Khari, whose name means ‘like a king’ in Swahili — was one of just two cubs born to the couple

 

 

Khari & Dad now:

 

Khari the lion was taken under the wing of his father, Wallace, after his mother Rachel died just before Christmas 

 

For more of their story (it's kinda long to post all of it here):

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4612662/Daddy-s-pride-story-make-heart-soar.html

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Re: A Lion's Fathers Day story, heartwarming!

Beautiful and inspirational!

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Re: A Lion's Fathers Day story, heartwarming!

A very heartwarming story!


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Re: A Lion's Fathers Day story, heartwarming!

@KingstonsMomIG

 

This is so beautiful, thank you for posting !   Smiley Happy

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Re: A Lion's Fathers Day story, heartwarming!

This is amazing.  Thanks for sharing.