Having been in this industry now for almost 15 years I have had the pleasure of undertaking many interesting work site visits such as one to a veterinary surgery operating theatre in which a dachshund was undergoing a spinal operation, as well as some pretty awful ones (for me anyway) such as an abattoir.
Recently I had the pleasure of being sent by one of our clients to a lion breeding farm in the North-West province to assess a Farmer. In this article, instead of going into the details of the assessment I thought I would just share some interesting facts that I learned about our magnificent King of the jungle, the lion.
So.. did you know?
- Lionesses produce between 1 and 5 cubs per litter.
- Lionesses sometimes reject their newborn cubs such as after extended, distressing periods of labour of up to 3 days.
- Rejected cubs need to be hand-reared, which requires bottle-feeding every 2hours, 24 hours a day.
- Lions are considered mature at 3 years of age.
- An adult male lion can weigh up to 400kg.
- The average age of a lion living in the wild is 10 years with death usually being as a result of fighting or starvation. Lions hunt in groups so one that is rejected by it’s pride cannot hunt hence the starvation.
- The average age of a lion living in captivity is 15 years with death being as a result of old age.
- The rare white lions are a lot more expensive than the more common brown lions – an adult male white lion can sell for up to R500, 000.00 whereas the females sell for around R250, 000.00.