Photos Of Pregnant Animals Will Leave You In Awe Of The Circle Of Life

Lionesses Can Deliver Up To Four Cubs At Once

Robin Alasdair Frederick Hutton/Wikimedia Commons
Robin Alasdair Frederick Hutton/Wikimedia Commons

This pregnant lioness is walking with a friend. They’re probably looking for a place to nest since this lioness is about to give birth after 110 days of carrying her cubs. Female lions deliver and raise their cubs in a secluded den, such as a thicket or a cave, away from the rest of the pride.

Like jaguars, lionesses raise the cubs all on their own and don’t tolerate a male presence due to infanticide. After the cubs are born, the lioness will move them one-by-one to a new den site several times a month to avoid predators.