Abandoned Lion, Tiger And Hyena Cubs Form Unusual Bond

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In the wild, lions, tigers and striped hyenas are fierce competitors, all seeking out the same prey and often even stealing each other's kills! But don't tell that to these five youngsters who believe that they were born to be best of friends.

The odd assortment comprising of three baby lions, one baby tiger and one baby striped hyena, all born at the Akwaaba Lodge in Rustenburg, South Africa were instantly abandoned by their mothers. Fortunately the owner of the lodge, Layla Cajee decided to not only adopt the young infants, but also, place them under one roof. Not knowing any better, the cubs have all become best of friends who spend their entire day frolicking and nights, cuddled up next to each other.

Like every toddler, each one has a distinct personality. According to Layla, the leader of the pack is the five-month old tiger cub Bella, who dominates everything including trying to get the biggest share during meal times. The lion cubs - Delano, Romeo and Maximus who are also five months old, are surprisingly timid. As for six-month old Milika, the hyena? She is the mischievous and boisterous one, always ready to pick a fight with her temporary siblings.

Temporary, because this love fest will not last forever. Within about two years, as soon as the cute cubes turn into dangerous predators, they will be given their own living quarters. But it is thanks to this unusual bond that they will be able to see that day, because none of them would have been to able survive alone in the wild.

What would be interesting to observe is their relationship if they ever encounter each other in the wild - Will they compete with each other as fiercely for the same prey as they normally do or, will they remember the fact that they were once friends and share their kill?

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  • saphege_ems
    saphege_emsThursday, January 7, 2021 at 10:26 am
    first their mothers now they must be seperated from their friends?!
    • saphege_ems
      saphege_emsThursday, January 7, 2021 at 10:25 am
      nooooooo! why must they be put apart?!
      • bsc
        bscMonday, December 21, 2020 at 5:58 am
        It's cute, but also sad.
        • meganplaysfanio
          meganplaysfanioThursday, November 26, 2020 at 4:18 am
          # i love lions and cats 🦁
          • jkbear
            jkbearTuesday, November 17, 2020 at 10:58 am
            That's cute but really sad. Hopefully, they found a home!
            • devapisarkar
              devapisarkarFriday, June 26, 2020 at 8:38 am
              That is so sad that they were separated from their mothers and will be separated from each other
              • pinkwolfbrose
                pinkwolfbroseTuesday, April 14, 2020 at 9:55 am
                thats cute but sad
                • hhhhhhhmmmmmmmm
                  hhhhhhhmmmmmmmmMonday, February 24, 2020 at 7:54 am
                  thats cute
                  • nataleighgortonTuesday, October 29, 2019 at 1:19 pm
                    this is soooo cute I love hyenas tigers and lions soooo I think they have a pretty good relachship.
                    • CoolkidFriday, October 18, 2019 at 12:54 pm
                      Can I adopt? 🐈🐈🐕