The mothering instincts are very strong in a lioness. At a game reserve in South Africa a single lioness is mothering 7 cubs after her sister died leaving 4 month old orphans late last year. It is not uncommon for lioness to birth at the same time which gives them the advantage of sharing mothering responsibilities. Feeding 7 hungry cubs is a huge task for one lioness but reports are good that all the cubs are thriving and happy. The lioness will be kept busy hunting to feed this many cubs as they grow and she also has to deal with threats from other lions particularly roaming males. Fiercely protective female lions without the protection of a pride face many dangers defending young ones so I hope she continues to thrive and that rangers in the reserve are looking out for her. I think she's amazing.
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