The first time that Lotje brought her youngest cub to the feeder was way back, October 20, 2015 to be precisely. A young cub still exploring his new surroundings. Now 4 months later he is at ease. Here is an update on Junior's progress.
The first months of his young life, Lotje kept a close eye on him and her surroundings. Raising a cub all by yourself demands discipline and responsibility, which Lotje handled like a pro. She makes sure that Junior feels safe by her side and at the same time she gives him his space to explore by himself. Ofcourse he is also taught to respect his mother and has to wait first for her permission to eat from the feeder.
Junior is allowed to also eat from the feeder. Here he is selecting the right size and meat.
While he is devouring his extra treat, Lotje devours the majority of the portion. She has her way to discipline and take care of her cubs (and her herself)
Lotje looked at me like she is trying to tell me:"Please don't add more food." Lotje wants to teach her cub how to hunt and survive, but with a full belly. As she needs to be at full strength to protect her cub when necessary. That is why Lotje always eats the most.
Of course she doesn't let Junior know so here he stumbles upon an empty buffet. Poor little fellow, but his mother knows best.
Here he looks straight at me, almost begging for more. But since I know Lotje since 2013, I also decided to respect her decision. Sorry Junior.
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