The Breeding Facts of Lions

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The Breeding Facts of Lions

Lionesses sneak away from their pride after a four-month gestation period. They usually give brith to a litter of two to six cubs. The weight of a new born cub is approx 3 pounds and they have a yellowish-brown coat and distinct spots or stripes. Cubs are kept away from the rest of the pride until they gain enough strength. It may take four to six weeks.

The cubs feed on their Mother's milk for the first six months. Females may stay with their mothers for their whole life while males are chased out of the pride by their mothers when they are 2 years old. After that, they either stay on their own or join a bachelor group. A bachelor group stays together until the male lions are big enough to challenge older males to take over a pride.

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