Monday, November 9, 2015

Great news is coming out
of Zimbabwe this week, as Wilderness Safaris staffers in Hwange National Park
have identified a litter of three cubs grandfathered by Cecil the Lion.
The
cubs are estimated to be four months in age, and were fathered by Xanda, one
of Cecil's first born.
(According to researchers on the ground, only tracked
members of the herd have names—an effort to avoid anthropomorphizing
them—so the cubs can be referenced as simply cute, cute, and cuter.)
Until the cubs are about three years old, they'll remain vulnerable to
natural threats like buffalo, leopard, hyena, or snake attacks.
But luckily
for this bunch, there are no competing pride leaders nearby, ruling out one of
the worst threats to newborn lions.
Sam Mushandu/
Wilderness Safaris All signs point to a safe upbringing for the
three little guys: while mom is away hunting, another lioness has been taking
dutiful care of them for up to 24 hours at a time.
To help the cubs fend for
themselves a bit better, the Wilderness Wildlife Trust has deployed an
ex-ranger and patrol vehicle to mitigate human-wildlife conflict in the
neighboring villages and keep potential poachers at bay.
In recent days,
guides from Wilderness' Linkwasha Camp, in Hwange, have spotted the cubs
feasting on wildebeest and chasing jackals and vultures—exactly what
critters their age should be doing. Great news is coming out
of Zimbabwe, as Wilderness Safaris staffers in Hwange National Park have
identified a litter of three cubs grandfathered by Cecil the Lion.
See the
first photos, here.

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