Flashback Friday: Mother’s Day at the Great Plains Zoo in 1982

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Mother’s Day is this weekend and people all over will be saying thank you to mom.

But it’s not just humans who have a special connection with their mothers.

In this week’s Flashback Friday, we take a look at a special mother-child relationship in 1982.

This is Apollo.
A 3-month-old African lion Cub.
And this is her mother and father.
For educational use, Apollo is taken away from her mother and father at the Great Plains Zoo.
But in the wilds of Africa, the family would all live together, with mom taking care of Apollo.
“Lions are very good mothers in the wild.  A lion cub and its mother are real close and the lion cub will stay with the mother for like 2 or 3 years. They get a real close bond.”
She says it’s really not necessary for the cubs to stay with their mothers for 2 years, it’s just a way of life.
They hang around until they take a mate.
“They’re a social animal they live in groups. And they’re just that type animal they live close together and they’ll just stay with where there is protection and food.”
As you can see, lions aren’t the only social animals, but people may be the only ones who honor their moms.
There’s one thing for sure, the Great Plains Zoo is a grand place to spend Mother’s Day, and that’s no lion.

Bobbi Lower, KELOLAND News.

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