Categories: Lion

Lion cub tries to roar and it’s cute

This is a cute video of a lion cub trying to roar (we think). The facial expression suggests that this sweet cub is trying to roar like his parents. I believe that the cub is owned by a Kurdish guy who has a presence on Twitter and who lives with an adult lion which he regards as his pet. I think that they live in Iraqi Kurdistan. The man’s name is Blend Brifkani and he runs the Kurdish “American Cooperation Organization” as he describes it.

Lion cub tries to roar. Screenshot.

Please remember that sometimes videos stop working because they are pulled from YouTube by their administrators. I don’t have any control over this and if it has happened I apologise.


Here is a little bit of information about lion cubs. There was a time before much was known about the biology of lions that some experts believed that lion cubs were not born alive and came to life later! One expert, Topsell, wrote in 1981, “Some are of the opinion that the whelps are brought forth without life and they remain like this for three days, until by the roaring of their father and by breathing in their face they are quickened”.

This sounds very strange today. Another rather startling fact is that when a pride is taken over by incoming males they kill small cubs and kick out the older young lions which induces females to come into oestrus and mate with them. It’s rather horrifying to think of huge male lions killing cute lion cubs just so that they can create their own fresh, brand-new lion cubs. It’s pretty brutal out there in the world of lions.

The incoming males sires their own young as quickly as possible in order to protect them. Cubs remain vulnerable to adult males for about two years. Lionesses defend their offspring vigourously and are sometimes killed in doing so. There is a high mortality rate for single females in defending their young. Around two cubs are born in each litter but they can be as many as three. The size of the litter does not vary with the age of the female. In Leipzig Zoo the average size of a lion litter was 3.01 offspring. Some cubs are born with their eyes open while others open their eyes within the first two weeks of life.

Source: Wild Cats of the World.

SOME MORE ON LIONS

Did this lioness try and revive the unborn calf of the mother she killed?

Whether this lioness tried to revive the unborn antelope turns on whether she felt remorse, an advanced emotion ...
Read More

You can identify a lion by its roar

A lion's roar has a unique footprint which can only be associated to a particular individual lion. It reminds me ...
Read More

Do lions kill and eat cheetahs?

Yes, lions do kill and eat cheetahs but this isn't the full story. Two separate sources tell me that lions ...
Read More

What to do if a lion charges you?

It doesn't matter whether we are talking about a lion or any of the big cats (and include the puma), ...
Read More

Do lions lose their teeth?

Yes, lions do sometimes lose some of their teeth as this excellent photograph by Ernest Porter shows. It was taken ...
Read More

Hermann Göring’s Pet Lions

The Nazis used animals as trappings of tyranny writes David Crossland in The Times today. Adolf Hitler liked alsatians because ...
Read More

Picture of 10 sedated lions

This picture of 10 sedated lions was taken by a drone in my opinion. They are ten of twenty-four selected ...
Read More

Do lions eat elephants?

Yes, lions eat the occasional young elephant if the opportunity arises. There is no shortage of images of lions attacking ...
Read More

Picture of two white lions snoozing on the road

Lion pride, including 2 white lions, asleep on the road in Kruger NP ...
Read More
Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

Recent Posts

Bug-eyed calico kitten’s hair strands remind me of Van Gogh’s brush strokes

Her name is Zinnia. There is a faint similarity of the brush strokes and the…

1 hour ago

A link between women’s love of cats and their concern for fairness and compassion?

There's a huge study out at the moment from the University of Southern California concerning…

5 hours ago

His childlike pet drawings have raised thousands for rough sleepers

You never quite know the formula for becoming an internet, social media sensation perhaps because…

10 hours ago

Woman isolated during lockdown with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome finds comfort in her cat companions

NEWS AND OPINION: It is a time to praise the domestic cat for comforting vulnerable…

11 hours ago

Cats Protection report that black cats are no longer being ‘left on the shelf’

Some good news for people who love cats, all kinds, no matter what their colour.…

12 hours ago

Is it normal for a cat to have one kitten?

I have to research this as I don't have first hand experience and my research…

1 day ago