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LIONESS and CUB

LIONESS and CUB - cub, mom, cats, wild, lioness
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Lioness and Cub

Females give birth 3.5 months after conception and give birth up to 4 cubs at a time although litters of 2 or 3 are more common. Often the first sign that a lioness has given birth are large stains around her nipples. Mothers of young cubs spend most of their time away from the pride, although they may join their companions for brief periods. Cubs are usually hidden in dense bush for approximately six weeks, when they are old enough to join the pride. During the six weeks the cubs rely entirely on their mother looking after them and feeding on their mothers milk.

Cubs begin eating meat at about the age of six weeks but continue to nurse until they are 6-7 months old and remain dependant on their mother for up to two years. Mothers in a pride often nurse each others offspring. This behaviour is actually less selfless than it appears, lions are most likely to nurse the offspring of their closest relatives, and they make an effort to deter cubs of more distant relatives as well as cubs that are older than their own.

If a litter is lost, females will return to estrus ( the reproductive cycle begins again) within as little as a week and can reproduce again but mothers whose cubs survive only begin to breed again after their cubs reach 18 months of age. Occasionally mothers will abandon their cubs if they are unable to provide for them. Mothers must remain in top condition in order to provide for their cubs and caring for cubs at their own expense would likely mean death for both.
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Females give birth 3.5 months after conception and give birth up to 4 cubs at a time although litters of 2 or 3 are more common. Often the first sign that a lioness has given birth are large stains around her nipples. Mothers of young cubs spend most of their time away from the pride, although they may join their companions for brief periods. Cubs are usually hidden in dense bush for approximately six weeks, when they are old enough to join the pride. During the six weeks the cubs rely entirely on their mother looking after them and feeding on their mothers milk.

Cubs begin eating meat at about the age of six weeks but continue to nurse until they are 6-7 months old and remain dependant on their mother for up to two years. Mothers in a pride often nurse each others offspring. This behaviour is actually less selfless than it appears, lions are most likely to nurse the offspring of their closest relatives, and they make an effort to deter cubs of more distant relatives as well as cubs that are older than their own.

If a litter is lost, females will return to estrus ( the reproductive cycle begins again) within as little as a week and can reproduce again but mothers whose cubs survive only begin to breed again after their cubs reach 18 months of age. Occasionally mothers will abandon their cubs if they are unable to provide for them. Mothers must remain in top condition in order to provide for their cubs and caring for cubs at their own expense would likely mean death for both.
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Entropy
Posted by Entropy on 11/13/10 at 11:55 PM
Big Kitty cat :) 1fd
KentOne
Posted by KentOne on 11/13/10 at 11:13 PM
Nice picture and interesting info!
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Uploaded By: ramyadevims
Date Uploaded: November 13, 2010
Filename: Lioness-and-cub.JPG
Original Resolution: 1280x853
File Size: 487.99KB
Category: Cats

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