What is the life cycle of Lion Cubs?
For the first 3-11 days of a lion cub’s life, he or she does not have sight. This endangers them as they are helpless.
Lion cubs sometimes spend a lot of time playing with one another in order to fulfill their curiosity and emulate the adult lion's stalking and fighting. These playful periods aid in the development of the fundamental foundations and abilities required for a cub's maturity.
Lion cubs are born in litters of 2-3, 4 being the usual. After their birth they are taken to a safe place where they are cared for either by their mother alone, or the females within the pride. Infanticide is a common problem for cubs, the main predators which they are exposed to are hyenas, leopards, and other lions. The lioness knows that she needs to hide her baby lions from the moment that they are born.
I am a cub, cute but mischievous. After six weeks of hiding in dense grass, I begin eating meat like the adults, but I continue to nurse until I am about 8 months old. My solid meals are leftovers of anything my mother is eating, which is often enough for me. I am fully grown by the age of 3-4 years old, at this point I must take care of myself.
I enjoy playing with my mom, dad, siblings, and other members of the pride. While I am having fun, I am also learning hunting skills and building relationships with those around me. We are highly social, and we genuinely love our family time.
Lion cubs only start walking between the ages of 10-15 days. They are tremendously adorable creatures in their young years. Due to injuries, infanticide, illness and starvation, only 1 in 8 cubs survive to adulthood. Those who do survive and grow up to be adults in a pride need to be preserved to prevent extinction.
Young humans are the future generation of the earth and need to be protected, guided and strengthened. In the same way, young animals take the same position in the animal kingdom. The young lioness grows up to control the population of other animal species, the male cub is born with the instinct to protect his territory from grazers and more. Wild and Free hopes to see change in the lives of both the young humans and animals. It is up to NGO's like us to help conserve.
What happens to lion cubs in a pride with a new leader?
It's not rare for a new pride leader to sacrifice the cubs. It is customary for a new king of a pride of lions to sacrifice all the cubs left by the old king. By doing so, the new lion pride leader is ensured that prospective participants will have his chromosomes. Definitely one of the darker facts of the lion.