This past week has been a great week of dinning for the three cubs and their mother. The lioness took down an Eland a few days ago which herself and her three rapidly growing cubs have been feasting on since.
The cubs, consisting of two males and a female have provided guests at Mashatu with great sightings over the past few months. From a very young age the lioness has allowed vehicles to view her cubs and witness their progress. The lioness has proven thus far to be an incredible mother to her cubs, as they appear to be growing stronger ever day.
Only time will tell if the lioness decides to take her cubs to join her initial pride (the pride of nine), or if she will break away from them and form her own pride with her three cubs. Due to two of the lionesses in the pride of nine being pregnant at present it would be a wise choice for the lioness and her cubs to break away from the pride. Taking her cubs back to the pride of nine may result in too much competition, which may prove detrimental to the cub’s survival.
The formation of a new pride comes naturally with the distinction of new territorial boundaries. As the cubs continue to grow the lioness will be faced with some challenging decisions and only time will tell what these decisions will be.
By Ruth Nussbaum