Mother’s Day was this week, so let’s spend a minute celebrating some of the coolest moms in the animal kingdom: lions. Female lions are the most social members of the often solitary cat family– they hunt together in packs to bring down large prey. They do the bulk of the hunting for their group, or pride. Together, they can bring down large animals like cape buffalo and giraffes.
When lions have cubs, they sometimes separate themselves from the rest of their pride and hunt alone while their cubs are still helpless. When they’re born, lion cubs are blind and the size of a chihuahua. Mothers will often move their dens a couple times while the cubs are young so that predators don’t learn their location. When the cubs are six to eight weeks old, they and their mother will return to the group.
Photo by Greg Willis