INFANTICIDE


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As male lions, living free, usually only rule the pride on average for approx +- 2-3 years, for this reason, upon taking over a pride, the male will kill all cubs, (infanticide) this is to ensure that the females come into estrus within a few days to ensure his genes.

Although after a take over, the lioness can come into heat every few weeks it can take her +- 4 to 5 months before becoming pregnant. This is her "insurance", that the males don't desert the pride, that they bond with the females as well as protect the territory. After this "insurance" period the pride female ovulates and conceive.

 The infanticide is fast and needed as the males usually just have time enough to bring one generation into the world and that is, if he is lucky.

 

More info on the video below, not for the sensitive viewer...

 

 

 

The male - always looking for an opportunity to take over a pride and become a father of a new generation

 

   

 

 


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