You know that moment when you aren’t sure if you should ask “when are you due?”

30 08 2011

 

It’s coming up on two months since the research team last saw Phyre mating with Milo and the most anticipated question on everyone’s lips is of course, is she pregnant?

It’s difficult to tell with lions whether they are actually carrying cubs until the last few days before they are due to give birth, but Phyre has been showing a few tell tale early signs that suggest that she just might be just be pregnant.

As you can see from the photo taken on Wednesday (24th August) her teats are looking quite enlarged and her belly is more rounded than the other females in the pride. She is also starting to become more cautious when lying down to rest; placing herself very carefully rather than just flopping down like the others usually do.

In the next few weeks the team will carefully monitor her, looking for any signs of milk sacs developing and watching to see if her behaviour changes; like humans lionesses tend to become very uncomfortable towards the very end of their pregnancy. The most obvious sign will be if she moves off from the pride for a few days, indicating that she has gone to find a den site where she can safely give birth and spend the first few weeks with her newborns.

If she is pregnant (which we are all hoping) then it is expected that the cubs will have arrived at the end of September or in early October, so only a few more weeks to wait!

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2 responses

30 08 2011
Joyce Kinton

Oohhhh SO EXCITING!!!!! I hope Phyre will have her cubs in a special place where the other members of the pride dont know about….
That she IS pregnant…she sure ;looks like she is, and her cubs will survive so the pride will have more babies to fuss over…xx

30 08 2011
carissa

exciting news

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