Wild animals are very protective of their own young, but when it comes to the young of another female, even of the same species, let alone a different species, that’s a different story! However, a lioness put aside her hostility and took in a young leopard.
Lions and leopards don’t get along very well, but an incident has occurred in Giri National Park. A year ago, a young lioness took in a sick leopard cub and treated it with two others.
Although the lion and the leopard were in fierce competition for food and space, the young lioness put her animosity aside and took the two-month-old cub into her care.
A researcher and her team are following this very unusual case of cross-species adoption in detail. The researchers followed this unusual family for more than a month and a half.
The lions did not distinguish between their own cubs and those they had adopted, and fed and cared for them in the same way.
“The lion took care of them as if they were his own.” ‘[Les lions et les léopards] are in competition with each other. They are in constant conflict.”
Dr Chakrabarti, who has been studying lions in Gili National Park for seven years, said the sighting was “the most ‘wow’ moment I have come across”.
Unfortunately, this adorable little leopard did not live long. The search team found this unusual adoption dead about two months after discovering her. According to Dr. Chakrabarty, it would have been wonderful to see the leopard cub develop, but that didn’t happen. He insisted the little one died of natural causes.
It didn’t have a happy ending, but it’s still wonderful to see different species working so closely together.