For this week’s “Lion Keeper’s Blog”, I wanted to do things a little differently. They say a picture is worth a thousand words… so what does that make a gif worth? A million? Sure, let’s go with a million. In that case, this will be my longest blog post ever. 🙂 Here’s a quick recap of the cubs’ first 6 weeks of life and all the amazing things they’re learning as they grow into real lions.
Everyone knows the cubs are cute.
I mean, just look at that face?! How can you not fall in love?
But there’s a lot more to becoming a lion than just being cute.
It’s actually a lot of hard, exhausting work!
The cubs have a pretty massive skill-set to hone before they are considered the “King of Beasts”.
The cubs spend a lot of time watching momma, Imani, to learn all the essentials of becoming a proper lion.
“And that’s how you yawn.”
“Now, let’s start with one of the most basic feline behaviors: grooming! Here, I better do it for you.”
“Thanks Momma, I’m clean!!”
“Seriously Mom!!! We can do it ourselves! We’ll show you!”
Imani says: “That’s… that’s not right.”
Cub #1 grooms Cub #3 while Cub #2 grooms Imani’s tail tuft.
At least they seem to be mastering some skills.
And stalking and pouncing on your unsuspecting victim…
Gravity makes it tough.
The key to a successful hunt is selecting an appropriate prey item.
Like this defenseless paw!!
Okay, so maybe becoming a lion is harder than it looks.
For now, the cubs will probably just stick to what they know best…
“My nipple feels weird! Oh right.”
And one day, they’ll be big and strong lions, just like Imani…