Sometimes, we get to experience the beauty of mother nature upfront. Other times, we wonder: how did this happen? Today, we share with you an extremely rare video of a lioness giving birth to her cubs in South Africa’s MalaMala game reserve.
The delivery-in-the-wild footage was shared by ranger Mrisho Lugenge on Latest Sightings last week is “quite rare,” a spokesperson for the wildlife-viewing platform told HuffPost on Monday.
The edited clip begins with the restless lion alone and moving gingerly. When she lies on her side, observers get a clue that this is no ordinary big-cat sighting.
“It looked as though her stomach was moving,” Lugenge told Latest Sightings. “She was having contractions. Then she sat up straight and began licking herself, which we mistook for grooming. When she turned around, we realized what had just happened. She had just given birth! There it was, the tiniest little cub in her mouth.”
Lions gestate for about 110 days, according to Britannica.
Take a look at the footage below: