South Africa 6

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After we finished the walk with the lions we set off for a walk around the many huge cages they had.

Guess how old this lion cub is? See how close it was to the femce? Unbelievable.

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Two weeks old.
Their mother scooped one up in her mouth and carried it, just like a mother cat.

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Here’s a better look.

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After ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the two babies, this white lioness came and started pawing through a clump of grass that we hadn’t taken any notice of. Yep… another litter.

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Then, as we rounded the back of the cage, another litter.

They keep the babies with their mothers until around 2 weeks old and then they remove them, so that the older lions won’t kill them. Apparently there’s only a 15% survival rate of lion cubs in the wild.

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Then we walked past the cage where our ‘walking with the lions’ boys came from.

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They weren’t exactly starved for company – there were heaps of them in there. Literally.
There was also the gnawed bones of a cow. The local farmers sell the lion park the bodies of cattle who pop their clogs. They don’t take any that are diseased, but any other ones are fair game.

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Here’s a fine looking boy who had a few ladies in with him.

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Here’s one of his women.

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And here’s them ….um…. making more lions.

The lion park didn’t just have lions.
More next time…

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2 Responses to South Africa 6

  1. rooney25 says:

    I’m loving your travelog. Can’t wait for more!

  2. Fairlie says:

    The babies look so cute…it’s a shame the mother could rip your head off in a flash.

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