Big cats are predators that one should stay away from. In fact, not only people but also other wild cat species can’t live in peace.
You can never see a wild lion taking care of a tiger cub or a puma that fostered a baby leopard.
But sometimes things happen that are beyond our understanding.
The strange attitude of a lioness in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro conservation will blow up your logic.
The big cat decided to take care of a leopard cub. She found the baby abandoned and unexpectedly adopted it.
The thing is that lions and leopards are ancient enemies. If lions hunt in a herd then leopards are solitary hunters.
The adopted cub was estimated to be at most three weeks old. The only explanation for this situation is that the lioness has recently become a mother and her maternal instincts still are active.
She is psychologically convinced to take care of newborns, and now she couldn’t stay indifferent to the orphaned animal.
The lioness has given birth to the litter a month ago but now they are nowhere to be found. Maybe the baby leopard has become her comfort.
However, even if the mother lion will continue to foster the cub, they eventually need to get separated because of the adversity between their species.
It’s also unlikely that the leopard cub will change its genes and habits, imitating the life of lions.