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In a first, mother lioness seen nursing leopard cub in Tanzania

Head of a conservation group said the lactating lion might have lost her own cubs and therefore was open to feeding the leopard cub. The cub also lost contact with its mother.

world Updated: Jul 14, 2017 15:12 IST
Photo of the lioness taken on Tuesday by a guest, Joop Van Der Linde, at a lodge in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania.
Photo of the lioness taken on Tuesday by a guest, Joop Van Der Linde, at a lodge in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania.(Twitter)

Newly released photographs from a Tanzanian wildlife area show an incredibly rare sight: a leopard cub suckling on a lion believed to have given birth to a litter last month.

The five-year-old lion lies unperturbed as the small leopard, estimated to be a few weeks old, nurses in the photographs taken on Tuesday by a guest, Joop Van Der Linde, at a lodge in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Ingela Jansson, head of the KopeLion conservation group said the lactating lion, fitted with a GPS collar so that researchers can track her, might have lost her own cubs and therefore was open to feeding the leopard cub. The leopard, meanwhile, appeared to have lost contact with its mother.

Jansson says there is a significant possibility that the leopard has since died.