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Zawadi Mungu entertained his three female cubs outside at the Oregon Zoo for the first time last week.
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Zawadi Mungu entertained his three female cubs outside at the Oregon Zoo for the first time last week.

Lion Grows More Patient With Cubs

The Oregon Zoo’s lion king, Zawadi Mungu, and his three little girls ventured outside together for the first time last week, just days after meeting indoors. Zawadi quickly discovered that the 6-month-old cubs are quite a handful. Though he bared his teeth at Kamali, Zalika and Angalia several times as they curiously checked him out, he allowed their energetic attacks on his mane and tail. "We were confident that Zawadi would be tolerant of his cubs right away, and we're glad we were right because the cubs rushed him as soon as they saw him," said keeper Laura Weiner. "At first he was surprised but as time passed he grew more patient. A few days later, he was grooming them." The trio’s mom, Neka, and the pride’s other female, Kya, were close by for the introductions. — Read it and watch it from the Oregon Zoo

New Butterfly Species Found in U.S.

Scientists researching the Carolina Satyr realized that although the butterflies they were examining looked the same and had the same flying patterns, their DNA was different. They found that they were studying two different species, one of which had not been previously discovered and named it the Intricate Satyr. Their findings prompted the scientists to look at the DNA of Satyr populations in southern Texas. There, they found a second new species of butterfly, which they named the South Texas Satyr. While the Carolina Satyr and South Texas Satyr are closely tied, the Intricate Satyr was evolutionarily distant from both of them, suggesting their lineage diverged millions of years ago. The study was published in the journal Zoo Keys. — Read it at Live Science

Elephants May Have Alarm Call for Humans

Researchers played an audio recording of a tribe in northern Kenya for African elephants in Kenya, and found that they went on alert and ran from the human sound while letting out a “distinctive low rumble.” The researchers then recorded that rumble and played it for other elephants, who reacted as if humans were nearby. "We think it is … possible that the rumble alarms are akin to words in human language, and that elephants voluntarily and purposefully make those alarm calls to warn others about specific threats. Our research results here show that African elephant alarm calls can differentiate between two types of threat and reflect the level of urgency of that threat," Dr. Lucy King, one of the researchers, told Oxford University's science blog. — Read it at the Huffington Post

Alanis Morrisette is in a dog custody battle
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Alanis Morissette Wants Dog Back

Mario "Souleye" Treadway, the singer’s husband, filed a lawsuit against a former house manager for the theft of the couple’s dog. Treadway alleges that Maria Garcia and another family consultant, Patrick Murch, have refused to give the couple's Chihuahua and Pug mix back to them after Garcia stopped working for the couple on Jan. 21. In the suit filed on March 5, Treadway says he wants the couple’s rescued street dog returned and asks for $25,000 in damages and court costs. According to court papers, the dog, Circus, lived with Garcia and Murch in 2013 while Morissette and Treadway had busy travel schedules, but that the arrangement was only temporary. In an email included in the suit, Garcia asks that she and Murch be given ownership of Circus because he and their other dogs had “become inseparable.” Treadway says the two have breached their agreement to return the dog. — Read it at People Pets

Grumpy Cat Makes Second SXSW Appearance

The famous frowny cat (whose realy name is Tardar Sauce) is making the rounds at the South by Southwest conference in Texas for the second consecutive year. And despite meeting celebrities including the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Late Night host Seth Meyers, she’s still not impressed. Maybe it’s the way the people lining up to meet Tardar Sauce keep trying (rather unsuccessfully) to mimic her grimace. While she was there, Grumpy Cat also stopped by a panel discussion on how cat Internet videos are big business. — See photos at Business Insider

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