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7/17/2017

Strange: Lion seen feeding leopard cub in a Tanzanian wildlife

 Strange: Lion seen feeding leopard cub in a Tanzanian wildlife

Newly published photographs of a Tanzanian wildlife area show a rare sight: a lion cub licking on a lion.

"Watching something like this is very unusual," said Ingela Jansson, head of the KopeLion conservation group, who seeks to resolve conflicts between lions and local residents who hunt predators to protect their livestock.
 Strange: Lion seen feeding leopard cub in a Tanzanian wildlife

The suckling lion, equipped with a GPS collar, so researchers can follow her, may have lost her own cubs and therefore be open to feeding the lion cub, Jansson said. Meanwhile, the leopard seemed to have lost contact with her mother, she said.

"Crossbreeding breeding species for wild cats and other wildlife, moreover, is extremely unique," according to a statement by Panthera, a New York-based wild cat conservation group.

There have been cases of adoption and breastfeeding among wild cats and other animals of the same species, as well as cases of birds that feed chicks of another species whose eggs have been laid by In their nests, according to the Conservatives.

"It's really mysterious," said Luke Hunter, president and chief of conservation of Panthera, on the new images.
He said it was unclear if the leopard's mother was still there and could pick up the chicken from "lion child care", which would be the best possible result.

However, Hunter warned that "natural chances are stacked against this little boy," which may have been killed by other lions who acknowledged that it was not theirs.
 Strange: Lion seen feeding leopard cub in a Tanzanian wildlife

Even under normal circumstances, only 40% of the cubs in the area, which is part of the Serengeti ecosystem, survive their first year, Hunter said.

Known as Nosikitok, the lion that fed the leopard was seen with other lions but without any son the day after taking photographs by 
Joop van der Linde, guest at Ndutu Safari Lodge.
Jansson of KopeLion jokingly describes the extraordinary breastfeeding of the lion-leopard as a case of "confusion at the supermarket" in which the lion "picked up the bad kid."


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