Wild lioness giving birth (first EVER filmed in the wild)





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Uploaded on Jul 31, 2008

A wild lioness gives birth to two cubs in a game reserve in South Africa, this is the FIRST and ONLY known video footage of this happening in the wild EVER!

Taken when I worked as a Game Ranger, play the whole video as the best views are towards the end.

In the video the lioness licks the first cub just after it's born then positions for the birth of the second, the cub in it's birth sac is visible, later the two cubs are seen crawling around as the new mother rests.

This female (of the Styx Pride) gave birth in a dry riverbed (the Mlowati River) at a spot where the rest of the pride were settling up for the day. She was oblivious to the landrover but did growl and warn off a subadult who approached after the birth.

Normally a lioness will give birth in a secluded, hidden den like a rocky outcrop or a dense thicket. To give birth out in the open like this is very, very unusual.


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