3 weeks ago
Inspired By Baby Animals.
Without a doubt the smallest Lion Cub or any animal for that matter that I have ever seen. You can still see some blood around the back legs of the little cub as well as the umbilical cord.
One of the most important jobs of a lioness is to protect her cubs. The majority of cubs don't live to see their first birthday. Depending on the conditions, 40-80% die before turning one. There are two reasons for this: starvation and coalition invaders. A coalition is a group of ousted male lions from another pride. Their main goal is to find a pride of females.
When they do find a pride, they must first fight the existing males. If they succeed, the coalition then goes after the cubs. It is thought that the lions kill the cubs so the females will mate sooner and their genes will be carried forth. The lionesses, however, do everything they can to protect their young. They will fight to the death, sometimes, and gang up on the intruding males. Although they cannot defeat the larger cats on their own, the group does sometimes succeed when working together.
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