Animals, who we suspect are follow only instincts, can really surprise us.
Adoption in the animal world is not impossible, but it happens very rarely. A herd of elephants takes care of their young, no one is surprised. But in most cases, some instinct wins that tells them that if other youngsters survive, there may be a shortage of resources to keep your youngsters alive. That is why most young animals left without care are killed. They have no chance of independent living.
That is why the case of a lioness who adopted a small leopard is so unusual. Dr. Luke Hunter takes care of lions in the Serengeti Park in Tanzania. She reveals that most lionesses would tear apart foreign offspring, to eliminate competition for their offspring. However, 5-year-old Lioness Nosikitok, who has three young cubs, not only did nothing to the little leopard, but took care of him and fed him.
Dr. Hunter says he saw cases when lions were taking care of young people who had died. However, adoption between species has never been seen. Lions are very determined when it comes to caring for the young. Every threat is eliminated with the help of fangs and claws. That is why the males who come under the care of a female can feel safe.
Investigators are watching the situation closely and they do not know how the little cub will be accepted into the herd, nor what will happen to the small leopard and where he came from. Scientists think the lioness has elevated levels of hormones that accompany young mothers and therefore not only did not hurt the cub, but also took care of him.
We will keep an eye on the cats!