Motherly Lioness Adopts Her Sister’s Orphaned Cubs After She Dies
This is the heartwarming moment a lioness adopted her sisters orphaned cubs after she died of a virus. The sisters, members of the same pride, simultaneously gave birth to seven cubs in August 2016.
Unfortunately, one of the mothers unexpectedly died of a virus when the cubs were just four-months-old, leaving her litter orphaned. Thankfully, sister’s maternal instincts immediately kicked in and she began raising all seven cubs as her own, taking charge of feeding and protecting all of them.
Footage shows the new adorable family at the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve in South Africa, captured on camera by private Safari Architects guide, Mike Sutherland, 29. Watch this incredible sight as the mother interacts with the pride.
Nature is cruel, unrelated lions kill young lions, especially unrelated adult males, or new dominant males that move into an area. Thankfully the lioness sisters were members of the same pride in which case they try to synchronise their breeding and treat all like-age cubs as their own.
In addition to taking care of the orphaned cubs, they will also nurse them, allow them to suckle, hunt for them, protect them, groom them and look after them. This brave lioness was now left to raise seven juvenile cubs on her own, following her motherly instinct and focusing on the future of the pride.
Watch as these playful cubs hone their skills for later on in life, when they will need to stalk, chase and hunt their own prey. This lioness is our hero and we pronounce her as the mother of the year!