Lioness grooming cub

Caption: Lioness (Panthera leo) grooms her one cub while the other dozes contentedly next to her, Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli Block, Botswana.

About Lions and Lion Cubs:
Lions are the only true social cats, living in prides that are based on a matriarchal social structure with lionesses forming close, usually life-long bonds. Lionesses within a pride will nurse each other’s cubs, known as allo-suckling.

This means that some lionesses can go out to hunt while other mothers stay at home to care for the cubs.

At birth lion cubs weigh about 1kg (2.2lbs) and are completely helpless. Their eyes open after about 10 days and they can walk at 10 to 15 days and run at 25 to 30 days.

Lion cubs are weaned at seven to nine months, but are unable to fend for themselves before they’re 16 months old, although they start to eat meat at about three months. Cubs stay with their mothers for about two years, at which stage they’re old enough to join the pride on hunting excursions.

Lioness and Cub Photographic Prints:
Lioness with Very Young Cub (Panthera Leo) East Africa
Lioness with Very Young Cub (Panthera Leo) East Africa; Photographic Print
Photographer – Anup Shah
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Lioness and a Cub Resting in the Shade
Lioness and a Cub Resting in the Shade; Photographic Print
Photographer – Beverly Joubert
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