Cubs frolic in lion nursery

The holiday in America will soon be over, so enjoy David Attenborough’s narration of a lovely short video about lion cubs.

h/t: Heather Hastie

6 Comments

  1. Peter
    Posted May 29, 2017 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Narrator says that male lion may be the most important member of the lion pride shown.

    This video should come with a trigger warning for potential sexism. This cisgender lion looks so privileged.
    Almost chocked on my kibble.

  2. rickflick
    Posted May 29, 2017 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    A charming family. Some time ago I remember sing a program which showed the devastating effects of the intrusion of other males which chased off the parent male and killed all the young and half grown young. Pretty grim. Eventually that’s got to be the fate of all lion family units. When the old man ages out.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted May 29, 2017 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

      @Rickflick
      AFRICAN LIONS: Something I’ve just discovered – if the dominant male becomes ineffective through age infirmity [very rare] or injury he’ll be booted out by the pride females. I don’t understand the advantage to females, with cubs, of this behaviour.

      The example I read about was in a zoo, so perhaps that hardly ever happens in the wild.

      I’m also curious about what coalitions of adult males do when they take over a pride – does the coalition fall apart?

      ASIATIC LIONS: “Females mate with as many males crossing their prides as possible, thereby making it hard to discern infant paternity. Such strategic promiscuity ensures males stop killing cubs if there is a risk that the offspring might be their own.”
      http://www.hindustantimes.com/dehradun/promiscuity-of-mother-lioness-saves-cubs-in-gir-study/story-hDsC9dQelQ750MXCvTohJN.html

  3. Posted May 29, 2017 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Thank you–given my mood today, that was exactly what I needed.

  4. somer
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    Have to say never found lions the most attractive species – no less because so many cultures adore them for their violence

  5. Mike
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    There was a Pride in Africa that had two brothers as joint heads. Didn’t seem to be a problem and jointly they could see off any threat


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