THE STORY BEHIND MY PICTURES OF BABY LION CUBS
Early morning. Western India.
Six cubs and two lionesses sat in the footsteps of a very small temple. I couldn’t help but wonder why was there a temple so remote in the forest? Why would anyone go to a temple knowing there are lions all around? I did not understand.
When the sound of my camera got this little one curious, he ran towards me. The pride looked at me then got up and walked away, as though permitting me to get into the temple and worship. Were they the gatekeepers of this temple? Was this a magical temple that granted all your wishes if you worshipped there?
I wanted to go inside but didn’t have the nerves. Now I wonder if I passed on an opportunity given to me.
It is so true, “to conquer the world; one must first win the battle within the mind.”
Dangers for Baby Lion Cubs
One of the greatest dangers to baby lion cubs is the new dominant males who have taken over the pride. If the mother returns from birthing and early rearing to a shift in male power, the newly instated dominant males will kill her cubs. If this shift were to occur later on, but before the young ones were old enough to outrun the males, they will be killed then as well. All baby lion cubs in the pride are related to the other baby lions and also other members of the pride in some way. Females are almost always related to one another and the cubs are usually offspring of between one and three dominant males. Females will often nurse each others’ baby lion cubs and defend them against threats. Eventually, males will leave the pride, while most of the females will stay with the family group.
Baby lion cub’s nurse for approximately six months, but will begin eating meat at three months. They will nurse at any vacant teat–including at a teat that is not their mother’s if the other female will allow it–unlike leopard cubs, which nurse from the same teat on the same mother every time. Baby lion cubs get the last pickings from a kill and do not begin to hunt for themselves until they reach one year of age. Due to threats from starvation, predators and male lions, up to 80 percent of baby lion cubs die within the first two years.
Fine Art Photos of Baby Lion Cubs
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THE LION CUB
This little one turned around and ran towards me.
I was photographing this lion pride for a while that morning.
MOMS KNOW BEST
These two little guys kept on playing on the tree and ignoring their mother.
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