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Lioness and cubs

Lioness and cubs

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GREGORY DIMIJIAN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY GREGORY DIMIJIAN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Lioness and cubs. Female lion (or lioness, Panthera leo) grooming her cubs. Lion cubs are born after a gestation of around 105 days. Litters include between two and four cubs. Mothering responsibilities are often shared between groups of lionesses, who care for other cubs as much as their own. Cubs are weaned after six or seven months, although they begin to take meat after only four weeks. Lions are the only truly social cat, living in groups (prides) of around 20 animals, with two or three males, several females and their cubs. They usually hunt mammals such as zebra and antelopes. Photographed in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

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