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Adorable Lion Cubs Struggle To Follow Their Mama

Adorable Lion Cubs Struggle To Follow Their Mama

In this adorable video, two lion cubs follow their mama across what seems to be an easy terrain. But their short little legs struggle to keep up with her long strides! Let’s learn a bit more about how these babies learn to survive. 

Small, Fierce Cubs 

lion cubs playing
Lion cub playfully slaps their pal. Image by nicholas_dale via Depositphotos

It is mind-boggling to think that these tiny cubs struggling to cross the terrain will grow into big, powerful, and agile predators. Even more so when you learn that lion cubs are born with their eyes closed and no teeth. Depending on their mama’s protection and care for the first couple months of their lives. 

How Do They Survive? 

Lion cubs in a morning light at Amboseli
Lion cubs in the morning light at Amboseli, Kenya. Image by RealityImages via DepositPhotos

Mama lions hide their cubs from the world for the first 2 months of their lives. During this time they drink her milk and are normally completely weaned by 10 months. While hidden from the world, the cubs learn how to walk and grow their baby teeth. They spend their time playing with each other and napping up to 20 hours a day. 

Learning The World 

Tiny lion cubs with mother.
Tiny lion cubs with mother. Image by lifeonwhite via Depositphotos

When their mama introduces them to the rest of the pride between two and three months old, they also eat meat for the first time. And by the time they reach one year old they only eat meat. Although they only eat meat, lion cubs only start hunting at about two years old – a skill taught by their mama. 

Growing Up

portrait of lion cub
They are highly social animals, living in groups called prides, which consist of related females, their offspring, and a coalition of males. Image by Jeff Rodgers via Unsplash

Cubs are cared for by their mamas until they are between two and three years old. During this time the lioness teaches them all the skills they need to survive and live independently. When cubs are about three years old they are fully developed and ready to take on the world by themselves! 

Some Lion Cub Facts

Two lion cubs lie in long grass.
Two lion cubs lie in long grass. Image by nicholas_dale via Depositphotos
  • They weigh only about 4 pounds at birth
  • They only open their eyes between 3 and 11 days old
  • They learn how to walk between 10 and 15 days old
  • They are born with spotted coats which disappear as they age
  • They sleep for around 20 hours a day

The Video

YouTube video
How many Cubs can you see? 👀🦁 📷 Christopher Farao. Source: Youtube, Uploaded: Animals Around The Globe

Last Thoughts On These Lion Cubs

9 lion cubs alongside two females.
9 lion cubs alongside two females. Image by KirillDorofeev via Depositphotos

Seeing how tiny and helpless these powerful predators are when they are young is incredible. And even more amazing to see how caring a lioness is towards her cubs, ensuring they learn all the life skills they need to thrive in the wild before she leaves them to be independent. 

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