If you’ve been living under a rock your entire life, then you probably didn’t know that baby lions are called cubs. Lions are one of the most majestic and deadliest animals in the world. They are part of the cat family and many people adore them and they are the main attraction in Africa.
Unfortunately, their population has been decreasing rapidly in the last few years.
One recent story showed an adorable lion cub taken from his mother and used as a tourist attraction. This terrible story portrayed how much people are willing to go just to get some money and use poor animals.
Simba, the Lion Cub
After being taken away from its mother, this lion cub was used as a tourist attraction in Russia by the people that kidnapped him. The cub was only a few months old when he was taken. To avoid the cub struggling or running away, the kidnappers broke its leg and wounded his spine.
The cub was tied up in a barn and people would go to it and take pictures with it, simultaneously paying the terrible people that kidnapped and hurt it. Aside from the broken leg and spine, these people also tortured and beat the poor baby.
Luckily, rescuers were able to save the wounded cub from these terrible people and immediately took him to the vet. When he was found, he was on the brink of death with injuries on its spine, legs, and many different places. The poor cub needed surgery and thankfully, the vets were successful and saved its life.
Karen Dallakyan, a vet in Russia is the one that saved his life. Typically, Karen helps many animals to get out of difficult situations like this by giving them shelter, food, love and takes care of their health.
The people that saved the cub’s life named it Simba. Today, Simba is alive and is quickly learning that not all humans are bad. People helped the cub relearn walking and playing with toys. With enough time, Simba is sure to become a normal baby lion again.
Along with many angered people, Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, also heard of this terrible crime. Reports claim that he made an order to launch a criminal investigation into this case.
Lions are listed as the largest carnivore located in Africa as well as the second largest in the cat species. The adult male lion can be noticed by its mane around its neck and shoulders.
Typically, the female lions give birth to cubs throughout the entire year. They can start giving birth when they’re 3-4 years old. The pregnancy period of the female lion can last from 110 to 120 days.
Compared to their adult size, the newborn cubs are very tiny. Their eyes are still closed until 2-3 weeks pass. Even after their eyes open, the lion cubs cannot see well for about a week. This is why they still need the attention of their mother. Usually, their mother stays with them until the babies can hunt on their own while their fathers leave before.
Because the lion cubs are so tiny and weak, they are unable to defend themselves. They rely on their parents (usually their mother) to take care of them until they reach adulthood. Lion cubs can be attacked by snakes, large birds, and even male lions. Additionally, (as this article showed) the lion cubs can also be vulnerable from humans taking them away from their mothers and using them either for entertainment or illegal trading.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species currently holds the lions as vulnerable. About 20,000 lions are roaming in the wild today and about 26 countries in Africa already marked them as extinct in their locations. These countries in Africa marked the lion as critically endangered because of the plummeting numbers of their population.
There are many reasons why the lions’ population is on the decrease. The top 5 reasons for the decrease in their population are: