Lions and leopards rarely get along.
According to Stota Chakrabati, an animal behavior researcher, ‘they compete with each other’ for space and food.
‘They are perpetually at odds.’ Until recently, no one questioned this assertion.
Against all odds, this lioness has overcome obstacles by doing the unthinkable: adopting a leopard pup.
A leopard cub was taken up by a lioness who treated it like her own in this extremely uncommon interspecies adoption.
A lioness mother looked after the gorgeous baby for several weeks, doing her best to feed and care for him until she passed.
Despite the fact that the lioness had two cubs of her own, she treated the newborn leopard like a family member.
Spectators expected the relationship to last only a day or two, but ‘even then, their expectations were not realized,’ according to Dr. Chakrabati. However, this continued for a month and a half.
‘The lioness treated him as if he were her own child, nurturing and feeding him,’ Dr. Chakrabati stated.
The adoption was ‘by far the most poignant expression of animal character’ he has ever encountered, according to a doctor who has been researching lions in the park for seven years.