Three lion cubs were “adopted” by a cuddly toy tigress at the Ramnicu Valcea zoo, after their mother rejected them. Caretakers feed them with bottles and say that in a month, they will be able to take them for a walk.
This little lioness is the noisiest of the three cubs. The mother rejected them and the zoo employees are trying to compensate as much as they can.
Zoo manager Serban Teodorescu said, "Their mother had some previous similar behavior and, to avoid unpleasant surprises, we separated them from their mother, we try to take as much care of them as possible.”
The cubs are kept at 30 degrees Celsius temperature and fed by the bottle, every three hours. And they think the cuddly tigress toy besides them is their mother.
Caretaker Maria Vladut said, " We feed them with formula milk, milk for babies mixed with milk for animals, so that they don’t have problems in the beginning, and not cause them belly problems”
While the cubs prepare for their life in open air, their real mother, Shinga, lays in the sun. Caretakers do not understand why she rejected the cubs, especially given that she was abandoned at birth “
Ani Stanca zoo caretaker said, "I raised her until the age of 6-7 months, when she started to eat food… She is very sociable, she comes near the fence, I pet her..this is not a problem, but she didn’t want the cubs.”
The children visiting the zoo are waiting for the debut of the lion cubs already started to think about the names. One of the cubs was named Aslan, but the list is open for the other two.