Port Lympne in Kent celebrated the arrival of lion cubs earlier this month – with the momentous event live-streamed to an audience of thousands.
Keepers at the wildlife reserve had been eagerly awaiting news of the birth and were delighted when lioness Oudrika produced a litter on the morning of Wednesday 13th January.
The live stream attracted Port Lympne’s largest-ever audience to their ‘Cub Cam’ with more than 22,000 viewers checking the feed to witness the new arrivals being welcomed by their curious older siblings.
Second time parents, Adras and Oudrika, welcomed three cubs back in May 2019 – the first time lions had been born at Port Lympne in over 10 years.
The newborn cubs are currently being nursed in a den, which is being broadcast live on the park’s YouTube channel 24 hours a day, with videos of the births and key moments from the cubs’ first day also uploaded to the channel.
Donations to support the new arrivals have started to come in from around the world following Port Lympne’s call for support while they remain closed.
When Port Lympne reopens to overnight guests, those staying in the exclusive Lion Lodges adjoining the enclosure are likely to have a prime view once the cubs begin to explore their expansive enclosure. For further information on short breaks for 2021 visit https://www.aspinallfoundation.org/port-lympne/short-breaks.
View the incredible moment Oudrika gave birth to her cubs here:
Main image: Mum Oudrika and previous litter (Port Lympne)