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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  • jazzypoo
    jazzypooWednesday, April 7, 2021 at 8:01 am
    first their mothers now they must be separated from their friends?!So cute,# I love lions and cats 🦁nooooooo! why must they be put apart?!
    • kittylover111
      kittylover111Friday, January 22, 2021 at 6:54 am
      So cute, follow me if you agree!
      • kittylover111
        kittylover111Friday, January 22, 2021 at 6:37 am
        I love the baby lions, how could the mom abandon those cute faces???
        • 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.
              • peachy_vsco
                peachy_vscoThursday, 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