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How Many Lion Cubs Can You Count?

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Image by CS-WildCAM via Youtube

This is the Mayanbula Pride and today they have a very special surprise for us – new lion cubs! There seem to be quite a few. Join me as we follow them through their home, moving from spot to spot.

Lion Cub Litters

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

The litter size ranges from one to six cubs, with two to four being the typical number, and the gestation period is approximately 108 days. Aside from being blind and defenseless, newborn cubs have a thick coat with dark patches that typically go away as they get older.

Communal Care

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A pride’s cubs are typically of a similar age because many of the females give birth at roughly the same time. It follows that they should naturally tend to, defend, and feed each other’s young. As a matter of fact, lionesses in a pride frequently tend to each other’s cubs. It really is care for the community.

The Backstory

Two lion cubs lie in long grass.
Two lion cubs lie in long grass. Image by nicholas_dale via Depositphotos

The adults were suspected to have a made a kill the previous night. When stumbled upon in the morning, they were standing on high points, surveying the land. They were wearily looking around and we didn’t know why until…

What Happened Next

9 lion cubs alongside two females.
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All of a sudden six adorable lion cubs popped out with three mothers of the pride. They were escorting them. Watching these little ones moving playfully is quite a treat!

Wrapping Up with the Adorable Lion Cubs

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

To see such a stunning site is truly magical! The bush has so much to offer. Lion cubs are the future of the pride and must be looked after with great care. Now that we have reached the end, were you able to count all six little cubs in the first photo? Let me know if the comments below.

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