Kenge is visibly growing

8 09 2011

Following on from Phyre’s possible pregnancy, the team are now cautiously excited about the prospect of another female being “with cub(s)”

Over recent days Kenge has started to show similar signs to Phyre that indicate that she may also soon become a mother. It has been two months since she last mated with Milo and as the photo shows her belly is looking very rounded and her teats pronounced.

If both girls are pregnant they are due to give birth within a week or so of each other, which will allow them to form a crèche and share mothering duties if everything goes well. Lions with allo-suckle cubs; allowing cubs from other litters to suckle as well as their own.  And Ashanti is possibly only slightly behind in timing on the pregnancy front.

Of course it will probably be a few weeks after birth until the team get a good look at any arrivals; females den for up to six weeks before introducing new cubs to the pride, although we saw this happen much earlier in the Ngamo pride to date.  Everyone is very excited about the possibility of cubs and the potential mothers are being monitored closely.

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3 responses

8 09 2011
Holly

Oh – how exciting for you all and for us. I sincerely hope that it is a complete success for both Phyre and Kenge. So sad that you lost the cubs earlier this year – I would be so tempted to intervene but that would be defeating your objectives. Good luck Phyre and Kenge

8 09 2011
Joyce Kinton

Oh I do hope Phyre and Kenge are are producing “Babies”…
Its the lioness’s way to make sure their cubs are warm and safe, its just the waiting !! Milo has been busy but his deed is done for the moment !
Proud Dad will take his part soon enough !! xx

8 09 2011
Yvonne Barton

Fingers crossed that everything goes well for both girls.

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