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Lion Forced To Babysit 5 Cubs While Their Mother Is Away For Treatment

As people around the world celebrate their mums on Mothers’ Day, a few dads too have had their moment of fame thanks to the efforts they put in to play the role of a mother.

This is not restricted to humans alone as some wild animals (read lions) have been driven to tapping into their motherly instincts after being left to look after their kids.

A mighty lion from Pakawi Park Zoo, Belgium had to grow up for a day after his five cubs became naughty while he was babysitting them.

Lion Forced To Babysit 5 Cubs While Their Mother Is Away For Treatment
Daddy watched his cubs playing in the grass. Photo: Linda Smit Source: UGC

The mother of the cubs was attacked by another lioness and had to be whisked away to a treatment center.

Lion Forced To Babysit 5 Cubs While Their Mother Is Away For Treatment
He picked them up using his teeth. Photo: Linda Smit Source: UGC

That meant daddy was left in charge and had to entertain the kids and protect them while mum was away. But like any other cats, the lion’s cubs were a handful and extremely playful so keeping up with them was not a task for the weak.

According to wildlife photographer Linda Smit, the lioness was away for a couple of weeks and throughout that time, daddy tried his best to keep his house in order.

“The mother was attacked by another lioness. She had severe injuries and had to be separated from her cubs for a few weeks to heal. So dad had to take care of them,”

she said. The lion was patient and always walked beside the little ones as they scampered around and chased after each other.

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